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A Beach Project Built on Sand

On August 22nd, The New York Times published an op-ed piece (page A23) authored by Dr. Rob Young, the esteemed coastal geologist who moderated and co-hosted our August 10th presentation by Cornelia Dean, and who also presented to our community last August. It is an important read for members of all coastal communities, and especially Quogue.

Though the op-ed focuses squarely on the dredging project proposed for Fire Island, the issues raised are nearly identical to those we face in Quogue.

As Dr. Young laments at the end of his piece, “we now favor political expediency over science, and action over a thoughtful evaluation of its long-term consequences.”

After reading Dr. Young’s article, and in consideration of the proposed $15 million dredging project for Quogue, we hope our neighbors will agree with the need for an open, objective and constructive Village-led forum for considering these issues holistically.

We strongly encourage all to read and share this important piece.

Click here to read the entire article.

Report: Gulf and Atlantic Coasts Not Prepared for Sea-Level Rise

This July 23rd, National Geographic ran an article (click here) summarizing a new report commissioned by the US Army Corps of Engineers and published by the National Research Council. The research is focused on coastal preparedness for climate-induced sea level rise.

In it, the report’s authors note that, “in the past, most risk reduction projects have focused on fortification, with few efforts to limit redevelopment in high-risk areas and steer development toward safer, lower-risk areas.”

As chairman of the committee that wrote the report, UNC Chapel Hill professor of marine sciences, Richard Luettich, noted that there continues to be “a misalignment of risk, reward, resources, and responsibility.” The result has been “inefficiencies and inappropriate incentives that ultimately increase coastal risk.”

A primary source of increased risk comes via developers, who build in hazardous areas because they have the ability to pass the risk on to homeowners and government. The report’s authors also note that state and local officials often “look the other way” because they benefit from the expanded tax base—an argument that could very well apply to leadership in Southampton Town.

As we continue to evaluate the most responsible and sustainable approaches for managing our East End coastline, CCQ would like to call attention to the way in which the proposed dredging project in Quogue would perpetuate the increased risk taking in our region—and how it would compound the costs to us all.

Please join us on August 10th in Quogue Village Hall at 3pm, as we continue our due diligence. The presentation, “Navigating Troubled Waters: Science and Coastal Management”, will be delivered by journalist, author and thought leader Cornelia Dean, and moderated by Dr. Rob Young, Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines.

Quogue’s Own “Folly” Beach?

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.