(DMF) Drummonds Field

Location: James River, James River County, Virginia

Site Parameters
  • Average Shore Height: 2 feet
  • Distance to 6ft Contour: 1800 feet
  • Date Installed: September 1985
  • Type: Headland Breakwaters
  • Number of Breakwaters: 6
  • Number of Bays: 5
  • Shore Type: High Bank
  • Coast Type: Embayed
  • Body of Water : James River
  • Shore Direction of Face: South West

Land Use: Residential
Ownership: Privately owned
Problem: Moderate erosion of high upland bank with severe groundwater problems
Project purpose: Shore protection and enhance community recreational beach area

The developer took the chance on a breakwater system when only one system had been installed in Chesapeake Bay estuarine system. This early project, installed 1985, is 1,300 ft in length. The first phase consisted of a series of seven headland breakwaters and beach fill; the second phase was added to the upriver property two years later and consisted of 3 headland breakwaters and beach fill. The primary design method utilized the shore morphology between two existing cypress tree headlands and pocket beach that had been stable for 20 years. A breakwater unit was placed off each headland, and the natural pocket beach dimensions were used to template the remaining system.

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