Westerly, R.I.

R.I. officials assess what to do with displaced beach sand

An estimated 100,000 to 150,000 cubic yards of sand have been dumped in the Misquamicut State Beach parking lot in Westerly during the cleanup after Hurricane Sandy, and now state and local officials are trying to decide what to do with it. The Westerly Sun reported that the state Department of Environmental Management is working with other state and federal agencies to develop guidelines on how to replenish the beaches and dunes pushed inland by the storm. Misquamicut State Beach lost about 5 feet of sand depth during the storm. The sand in the parking lot will have to be screened to remove nails, glass, wood and other debris before being put back on public and private beaches and dunes.