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Save the Structures, But Lose the Beach

In a recent article (click here to read), the East Hampton Star lambasted a highly contentious project planned by the Army Corps of Engineers to save ten beachfront properties in Montauk.

According to the article, the Corps is getting ready to install a 3,100-foot-long barrier of sand bags, which “would function as short-lived seawalls, resulting in the near-certain total loss of a passable beach.”

The $9 million project is a perfect example of the negative consequences we face when using engineering “solutions” to protect structures.

“The notion that someday money would be forthcoming to pump sand in from offshore is little more than fanciful thinking; it cannot be the cornerstone of real-world policy.”

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Barrier Islands Feeling the Effects of Climate Change

On September 29th, The New York Times published an article by Cornelia Dean, the Times science writer and author in residence at Brown University, who presented to the Quogue community this past August in Quogue Village Hall. Her presentation, “Navigating Troubled Waters”, was co-hosted by CCQ and the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines.

An excerpt from the article is below (please click the below text to read in full)…


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Water’s Edge: The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels

“Rising sea levels are not just a future threat: They are already here, a documented fact,” says a team of researchers in a recently published volume of reporting by Reuters.

The investigation, titled Water’s Edge: The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels, provides a cogent look at the erosion issues facing our coastline, the fiscal disaster that is unfolding through efforts to protect coastal property, and the perverse actions of local and federal governments in continuing to encourage beachfront development.

“Higher water levels compound the effects of storms and regular flooding, hastening erosion… yet the law has done little to discourage growth in harm’s way,” says the investigative team.

“Despite laws intended to curb development where rising seas pose the greatest threat, Reuters finds that government is happy to help the nation indulge in its passion for beachfront living.”

Much of that help comes from federal government in the form of financial incentives, while local governments help by authorizing engineering projects that create massive costs to taxpayers and the environment—all the while, providing a false sense of security to those who live along the coast.
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