Why does the newly placed sand look darker than what was originally there?
The sand being placed on the beach is dredged up from approved locations along the bay floor. This sand has been underwater for many decades and during this time organic materials become mixed in with the sand on the bay floor.
The sand being dredged up and pumped onto the beach includes these organic materials, which makes the sand darker, and at times have an “off” smell. The dark color and smell will wash out of the sand shortly after placement.