The Quogue shoreline has been transformed since the October storm and the Jonas storm on January 23rd. These storms have decimated areas on the western end of the beach, in areas where a hopper dredge has been removing sand and transporting it to Fire Island since last spring.
The coincidence of these factors inspire a few questions. Among them…
- Why would a dredge remove sand so close to shore?
- Is it because it is cheaper and easier?
- Can these “borrow” sites replenish themselves in as short a period of time as some stipulate?
Conspicuously, the areas that have suffered the latest erosion are those westward of the dredge. The west end is now jagged, with cliffs ten feet high and severely eroded.
Ironically, the US Army Corps of Engineers’ own research has long recognized that “hot spot” erosion can be caused by offshore borrow sites that are poorly designed and located too close to the beach. Click here to access the report.
Decide for yourself if the unintended consequences of dredging seem worth the risk.
Above: A possible combination of nearshore dredging and storm tides during winter storm Jonas have cut away at Quogue’s western dunes and exposed old beach access stairways that had been buried for the last 30 years.
In response to the overwhelming number of concerns expressed by the Quogue community regarding a proposed dredging project for the Village, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct a public hearing on August 10 at 6pm, in the Quogue Village Hall court room.
A state-appointed judge will preside over the meeting, which presents an opportunity for citizens to voice their concerns in person. Public input will be critical in determining whether the application for the proposed $15 million project will be approved.
To read a summary of the concerns expressed, please click here. To read the public notice, click here.
Click here to add this event to your calendar.
CCQ has obtained notice that a public comment period has been opened by the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding the permit application for a dredging project in Quogue.
The Corps is soliciting public comments to consider and evaluate the impacts of the project and has stated that any person may request, in writing, that a public hearing be held to collect information necessary to consider the application.
The comment period expires on August 5th.
If you would like to submit a comment, please do so in writing and address to Naomi Handell, at email@example.com by August 5th. Mailed letters may be sent to:
US Army Corps of Engineers
New York District
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
New York, NY 10278
Please reference Public Notice Number NAN-2012-00011-EHA.
To read the public notice in its entirety, please click here.
For an in-depth and multi-faceted perspective on the proposed Quogue project (authored by Dr. Robert S. Young, Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines), please click here.