(EUS) Fort Eustis

Location: James River, City of Newport News, Virginia

Site Parameters
  • Coast Type: Embayed
  • Body of Water: James River
  • Shore Direction of Face: NA
  • Shore Type: Marsh/Beach
  • Average Shore Height: 5 feet
  • Average Fetch: 3.5556 nautical mile
  • Distance to 6ft Contour: 833 feet
  • Type: Headland Control
  • Number of Breakwaters: 3
  • Number for Bays: 2

Land Use: Military
Ownership: U.S. Army
Problem: Shore erosion of Ft. Eustis Training Shore also known as "Anzio Beach"
Purpose: Shore protection

This project was designed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District and VIMS using primarily shoreline geomophology as a measure of dominant wave approach. Installed in 1995, the system armored existing headland features (old landing craft) with stone and built an additional headland breakwater and large spur to enhance/create large stable pocket beaches. An area of low elevation was left in existing headland to preserve an intertidal marsh.

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