Monday, December 6, 2010

"Concern, but not alarm"

I hate to say it, but .... there ya go. The beach nourishment appears to be not as effective as it was hoped it would be.

Is that phrased diplomatically enough?

Estimates of the loss range from less than 10 percent to as much as a third of the approximately 120,000 cubic yards of sand deposited along 2,500 feet of shoreline in October by a dredging company under contract to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (Daily News)

I like the disparity in the estimates of loss. My old pal Newbury Selectman Vincent Russo says 10% and Conservation Agent Doug Packer says as much as 30%.

But this is my favorite quote, from PITA President Ron Barrett: "I think it will last the winter," he said. "It all depends on how many storms we have."

I like Ron - he returns my phone calls - but ... Ummm, wasn't it supposed to last 5 years, or so?

The story does not reference how much the project cost us taxpayers ($5.5 mil). Of course, some of that was for dredging the channel alone.

Further, the "concern, but not alarm" was expressed by a resident, not anyone "official."

I bet plenty of people are alarmed.

1 comment:

macsurf said...

It is almost comically obvious the vast majority of today's Plum Islanders are both nouveau riche and newly washed ashore folks wo never lived in close proximityy to the sea bfore,

The fact so many of them pinned their hopes on dumping tons of expensive sand on the eroding beach might stop Neptune from reclaiming waht he is hell bent to reclaim was more than bizarre, it was downright stupid.

Did they really think, after all the sand and land Neptune had already claimed, that he would not also claim the tons of sand the taxpayers just got screwed into paying for to be dumped on a stretch of beach that, whether they want to face reality or not, is going to, in relative short order, completely disappear, along with all the structures built upon it?

I'm glad I don't own anything on Plum Island, because nature's reality, if it hasn't already, is going to wreak havoc on the property values on eveything sitting on that ever shifting barrier sand bar.

It is all quite sad, but all very true.