Following our most recent newsletter, Karl Grossman authored an opinion piece in his weekly column in The Southampton Press, Suffolk Closeup, focused on the proposed Quogue project.
We thank Karl for his many years of effort toward informing the public about coastal management issues, environmental stewardship and the hazards of beach engineering.
We thank The Southampton Press for allowing us to reproduce the column for our audience.
To read the piece, entitled Gone With the Sea, please click here.
Last week, The Post and Courier of South Carolina published a story entitled “Folly Beach Renourishment Sand Disappears in Storm”. (Click here for full article.)
As the title suggests, a recent storm washed away much of the renourishment sand that had been dumped on the beach little more than a month before. The controversial $30 million project had been a point of contention between property owners, the city and taxpayers.
In the article, the Army Corps of Engineers project manager was quoted as saying “’[Renourishment] sand doesn’t stop erosion. It protects properties. We put the required amount of sand out there. The sand didn’t hold up better because the beach is in worse condition than it was’ before the last renourishment in 2005.”
According to the article, the cost of the 2005 renourishment was $12 million. That figure is less than half the cost of the most recent renourishment—mirroring the soaring cost of beach nourishment across the country.
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It was also the largest Atlantic storm on historical record and the second-costliest hurricane in US history.
During the storm (on October 29, 2012), the US Geological Survey updated their assessment of the storm’s potential coastal-change impacts across Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia), New Jersey and Long Island.
The below map accompanied the assessment, highlighting the probabilities of “collision, overwash, and inundation associated with Hurricane Sandy.” (To read the entire report, click here.)
Source: USGS (Click image to enlarge)
As the map indicates quite remarkably, Quogue sits in one of the very few geographies that carried a 0-10% probability of over wash and inundation. Contrasted with an area like that of Westhampton Dunes, there is much to appreciate about what is (and is not) appropriate for acting as responsible stewards of our beach.
As Quogue residents, we are very fortunate to have such beautiful, natural and healthy dunes and beaches. Let’s keep them that way.