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.)

Geologists’ Timeless 1981 ‘Skidaway Report’

All the way back in March of 1981, a group of concerned coastal geologists authored a position paper on “Saving the American Beach”; the result of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Conference on America’s Eroding Shoreline. It was subsequently presented to U.S. President Reagan in 1982.

In it, leading geologists from across the country outlined the threats of coastal development in the face of shoreline erosion, and recommended solutions that avoid the immense costs—both fiscal and environmental—of structural stabilization. Continue reading Geologists’ Timeless 1981 ‘Skidaway Report’

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