Sand Bags

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Sand-filled cloth or geotextile bags that can be stacked to provide temporary protection of buildings and coastal infrastructure and are designed to retain sand while allowing water to flow through.

Massive sand bags along Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Photo: Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Sandbag wall under construction at N. Topsail Beach, North Carolina, December 31, 2014. Photo: Town of N. Topsail Beach
A worker uses a mini front-end loader to place sand into these bags which will act as a temporary seawall on New Smyrna Beach, FL

This article is part of a series on Shoreline Structures looking at types of structures commonly built along shorelines, and the policies, laws, and regulations which can affect where and under what conditions they are built.

For information about laws, policies and conditions impacting shoreline structures in a specific state, please visit Surfrider's State of the Beach report to find the State Report for that state, and click on the "Shoreline Structures" indicator link.