Kure Beach Dune Infiltration System

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An investigation in using the surrounding natural landscape to assist in ridding stormwater runoff of bacteria and creating a safe local swimming space. 



NDS® (National Diversified Sales, Inc.) provides drainage solutions for a variety of applications and is known throughout the drainage industry for their high-quality and reliable products. To tell us more about NDS® drain systems, they have provided TDS a case study regarding one of these dependable items, the StormChamber® Systems.  

NDS Case Study

Kure Beach Dune Infiltration System

The Kure Beach Dune Infiltration System (DIS) is a new and innovative sand filter.

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Currently, in many coastal communities, untreated stormwater is discharged into recreational waters through stormwater beach outfalls. This discharge often contains high levels of fecal bacteria, known to cause various illnesses in humans. Due to the discharge of this bacteria into swimming waters, the NC Recreational Water Quality Program monitors nearly 240 beaches statewide, for fecal indicator bacteria levels. When the levels exceeded the state maximums, Swimming Advisories are issued and warning signs are placed near the sample area.

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Therefore, in an effort to reduce the health risks, number of swimming advisories, and discharge, the NC DOT, Town of Kure Beach, and BAE Department at NC State are investigating the effectiveness of the DIS in treating bacteria-laden stormwater. The DIS uses the existing sand dunes as a natural sand filter, allowing stormwater runoff to be directed underneath the dunes where it is filtered and then transported to the ocean through natural groundwater movement.

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Two systems were constructed in 2006 and a third system in 2009. Monitoring at each site includes stormwater flow measurements, stormwater bacteria and nutrient testing, water table elevation recording, groundwater bacteria and nutrient monitoring, rainfall recording, and dune sand sampling for bacteria. The monitoring results from each system have been promising, with a 100% capture rating at Site L, 96% at Site M (meaning only 4% of the stormwater has bypassed the system in five years), and an 80% capture rating at Site K.

In addition, bacteria levels in the groundwater have remained mostly below the state maximum for Tier I recreational waters. Natural dune hydrology has been maintained at each site, with the only observable impacts occurring during and shortly after infiltration events.

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