Monday, July 20, 2009

More about the beach

I was waiting for Victor Tine's piece to come out in the DN before commenting further on Friday's beach alliance meeting. And here it is.

I spoke briefly with Mark Habel from the Corps of Engineers after the meeting about how he said in the meeting that the project's benefit:cost analysis reveals that the benefit is an estimated $1 million in delaying the loss of property. The cost for the beach nourishment is $1.8 million.

That word "delaying" intrigued me so that's what I asked him about.

Everybody knows this nourishment project is only good for 4-5 years, right?

Habel said that without the nourishment, the ocean would break through "because that's what it wants to do" and that's what has happened, historically. Barrier islands shift and change.

Anyway - as part of the federal review process, there is a 30-day public comment period, which closes Aug. 15. Anyone with any comments/concerns about the project can write to this address:

Jack Karalius
New England District
696 Virginia Rd.
Concord, MA 01742-2751

The phone number they gave was: 987-318-8288 but I do believe the area code should be 978.

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