Category Archives: In the Media

Beach Nourishment is Only a Band-Aid–Not a Solution

The following editorial originally ran in The Southampton Press, Western edition, Page A10 of Thursday, July 10, 2014. 

“Within the next 15 years, higher sea levels combined with storm surge will likely increase the average annual cost of coastal storms along the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico by $2 billion to $3.5 billion. Adding in potential changes in hurricane activity, the likely increase in average annual losses grows to up to $7.3 billion, bringing the total annual price tag for hurricanes and other coastal storms to $35 billion.”

These projections come from a new report commissioned by the Risky Business Project, co-chaired by Henry Paulson, Michael Bloomberg and others.

According to the executive summary of the report, The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States: “if we continue on our current path, by 2050 between $66 billion and $106 billion worth of existing coastal property will likely be below sea level nationwide.” The Northeast and Southeast regions are likely to experience the lion’s share.

As project co-chair and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson reasons, “to plan for climate change, we must plan for volatility and disruption.”

Currently, the Village of Quogue has no such plan. Instead, we have been historically reactive to coastal events and rely on an outdated coastal management framework that, aside from a few amendments, has largely gone untouched since the late 1990s. Our current generic environmental impact statement—a document upon which many erosion control and development permitting decisions are based—was written nearly 20 years ago. Continue reading Beach Nourishment is Only a Band-Aid–Not a Solution

Grossman Summarizes Dr. Young’s Presentation in Quogue

For those who missed CCQ’s August 17th presentation by Dr. Robert Young, we encourage you to read a brief reaction and summary of the event, Time to Take Heed, authored by Karl Grossman and published by The Southampton Press. Mr. Grossman is an award-winning journalist who has dedicated much time and ink to covering the history and current state of the East End’s beaches.

The CCQ is pleased that Mr. Grossman’s interpretation of Dr. Young’s message is consistent with ours: that the best and most cost-effective intervention to save both private property and our beaches is to relocate structures, whenever it is possible to do so.

Dr. Young stressed that the implementation of hard structures to control erosion (such as revetments, groins, seawalls, jetties and so-called “semi-hard” structures, like geo-tubes)  create considerable damage to the beach. It was surprising to learn that these negative effects have been formally acknowledged by the Army Corps of Engineers, although the Corps continues to incorporate the use of many hard structures in its reformulation of the Fire Island to Montauk Point plan—a topic Mr. Grossman has covered extensively as recently as July, and stretching back far before Superstorm Sandy.

To read the full article, please click here. (Many thanks to The Press News Group for consenting to our use and reproduction of the article.)

CCQ’s August 17th Presentation Was a Big Success

We are pleased to report that last Saturday’s “Alternatives For Protecting Our Dunes and Beaches” presentation at the Quogue Community Theater was a tremendous success. The Concerned Citizens of Quogue would like to thank the over 120 Quogue residents and attendees from across the East End who joined us, despite the occasion falling on a spectacular August afternoon. For those who were not able to attend, we look forward to sharing our mission with you as we go forward.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Robert S. Young, provided a most impressive, informative and thought provoking session that stressed the importance of implementing a coastal management program in anticipation of continued rising seas, coastal erosion, and changing shorelines.  He showed us examples of bad shoreline protection practices and their unfortunate results, and discussed pros and cons to methods that are being used today on the eastern shorelines of the U.S., including New Jersey and Long Island.

Dr. Young also brought to our attention some phenomenal resources that are created, maintained and made publicly available through the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, the joint Western Carolina University and Duke University program which he directs. Among these is the only full repository of beach nourishment project data in the country. (For a primer on beach nourishment, please visit this link.)

If you would like to read additional post-event coverage of the presentation, please access The Southampton Press’ article “Quogue Residents Discuss Strategies for Protecting Beaches” via