Coastal constructions blamed for altered wave dynamics at Balluta Bay
The Malta Tourism Authority and the Ministry for Tourism have been observing the expected changes happening at the newly embellished Balluta Bay.
As both entities have explained from the very start of this project, the various coastal constructions present in the bay’s vicinities have over the years altered wave dynamics. The beach nourishment project is experimental and was purposely designed in order to gain understanding on the way such temporarily nourished beaches would react during summer and under specific storm conditions. The main aim of the project is to test the feasibility of dredging sand from the same bay, rather than importing alien sand material from abroad. A second aim is to test the stability of the nourished beach over summer. Thirdly, the stability of the beach over time is observed, once the stormy season starts.
The beach has been monitored on a quasi-daily basis and this will continue over the following weeks and months, so as to acquire the necessary knowledge to assess the project in its totality. In the coming days, the expected storm damage will be monitored and experts will assess whether the sand has been deposited at the bottom of the beach slope or lost further out into the bay. They will also look into the eventuality of some of the lost sand being naturally deposited once again onto the beach by waves.
Considering that the swimming season is not over yet, the sand will likely be relocated over the next days so as to fill in the channels formed by the running water. Despite the displacement of sand there is still ample sand on the beach. This verifies the effectiveness of the project, which has provided an enlarged sandy beach in this highly touristic locality.
The bay has been temporarily closed.