Merrimack River and Plum Island Jetties

The Newburyport Daily News reports that scientists are taking a closer look at the Merrimack River jetties as the Army Corp of Engineers considers how to make repairs. While there is $3.5million earmarked for the necessary repairs to the much deteriorated jetties, determination of whether they should be shortened, lengthened, or changed still must be contemplated.  The last time the jetties were repaired was over 40 years ago.  In the meantime, Plum Island continues to experience erosion and some say this is due to the both jetties have seen large gaps torn in their upper structure by storms, a problem that has allowed tidal currents to rush through. These currents are widely believed to have worsened beach erosion at the northern end of Plum Island. The article states that the federal government began first studying the flow of water and sand at the mouth of the Merrimack back in 1826.  Mother Nature has thrown a few surprises and models developed over the years haven’t quite worked as planned.  Let’s hope that they get it right this time and that the fate of Plum Island is changed for the...

Early June Storm Pummels Plum Island

An early June storm, combined with astronomically high tides and a full moon cause surging seas to wreak havoc on the coast, particularly Plum Island. Pictures taken just south of the center jetty show extend of the erosion. Click here to open the gallery.Powered by Cincopa wp content plugins solution for your website and Cincopa MediaSend for file transfer. The good news? The Newburyport Daily News reports that with the recent storm damage, the Army Corps of Engineers is currently soliciting bids on the proposed repairs needed to the Merrimack River’s South...
What man puts down…nature takes away

What man puts down…nature takes away

Just several weeks ago, the $5M dredging and beach renourishment project was completed.  The newly replenished beach looked pristine, new fencing surrounding the recently restored backyards of the homes along Northern Blvd.  But give nature a week or two and a majority of the sand has been taken away by battering waves and storm surges.  Tomas, the hurricane that battered the caribbean a short time ago, decided to migrate north into the atlantic, positined about 1100 miles off of Nantucket, and sit there. Yes, just sit there.  The results were high winds, high surf and rip tides up and down the east coast.  And the resulting effects to Plum Island was eroded beaches and damaged...
Miles and miles of fencing

Miles and miles of fencing

The beach renourishment does not end with the depositing the sand dredged from the Merrimack. Afterwards, crews worked on the installation of hundreds of yards of snow fencing – a special kind of fence designed to help keep the sand in place. This fence is certainly not the impenetrable – wind storms and powerful waves have washed many away. However, given the winter months are coming, these snow fences are designed to help accumulate the snow and thus the sand, behind them. Ultimately, dune grasses need to be planted within this...
Center Beach Renourished

Center Beach Renourished

The job is done… the beach renourished and the center up to the groin has sand. Just in time for the pending n’oreaster  that is heading our way and expected to hit us tomorrow.  Geez… can’t mother nature give us a...