We’ll be covering the installation of the fourth geotextile container soon. Until then, we are enjoying more gorgeous weather here on-island. As you can see from the photos below – the winter crowd is here. These are from Cisco and Great Point.
For reasons we can’t fathom, the ironically named Sconset Beach Preservation Fund wants to install a fourth geotextile container on top of their current construction. We are baffled by this desire, as no waves have reached the top of the existing structure, much less traversed it to reach the bluff. To add a fourth geotextile container would require heavy […]
We made a trip to the Sankaty Bluff tonight to see how it fared after the recent heavy rains and saw that fresh dirt continues to fall from the top, further eroding the edge. A great deal of sand was added to the bluff in the vicinity of Swept Away and the two building remnants to the north prior […]
Both houses we have photographed on Nantucket’s North Shore that were close to the edge have now been moved and new houses are being built further inland on those lots – leaving room for the bank to erode. It’s gratifying to see folks who own beach-front homes here preserve the natural state of the beach and […]
We photographed the bluff and the North Shore today. I’ll try to get photos of the North Shore up in the next couple of days. You can see our bluff photos on Nantucket Erosion. The planting over the geotextile containers is now complete. Sconset beach is a permanent construction site with the beach covered in […]
We always found Sconset Beach to be Nantucket’s most beautiful beach. Now it is its ugliest. The Baxter Road Homeowners who call themselves a beach preservation group have so destroyed the beauty of Sconset Beach that we find it hard to look at anymore. This will continue on a regular basis as you can’t have […]
This winter was tough on the banks on the north shore. One house in particular was on the edge and has since been moved or demolished. There appears to be a new foundation staked out elsewhere on the property. We are grateful for the home owners along this stretch of the north shore as they are […]
I’m working on the bluff photos from this weekend and North Shore photos taken today. They won’t be ready today so I thought I would post this photo of lovely sanderlings that Dirck took on Sconset Beach yesterday. There were hundreds of them enjoying a feast.
I made a very quick trip to the North Shore this morning. The temp was at 9 degrees and the wind chill was brutal. I could only stay for a few minutes. We have lots of new work. We are redoing our website so we can show larger photos.
They didn’t use our photos after all! Sorry for the false alarm.
NBC Nightly News, Sunday Edition will use some of our photographs of Sankaty Bluff in a feature on climate change airing Sunday, September 21, 2014. The broadcast will be at 6:30 pm est.
Last night a brief summer storm passed over Nantucket, lighting the skies with bolts of lightning. We hurried to Tom Nevers and stood on the site of the old Navy base at the point where the road drops abruptly to the beach below. The sun had set but the sky to the west still held some light and […]
We drove past the Carnival at the fairgrounds to a favorite stretch of beach last night. Dirck had only taken the time after dinner to pull off his boots and grab his fishing rod. It’s always a pleasure in the summer to find a quiet beach to enjoy after navigating traffic and crowds all day. […]
This morning we received an email from the Sconset Beach Preservation Fund ostensibly updating the “performance” of what they termed the ‘Sconset erosion project. It claimed that “the system worked well… ” during the recent storm, “…preventing any undermining of the toe of the bluff.” It went on to assert that “the challenging problem of […]
The 4th of July brings with it the certainty that winter and its battering storms are past, and another summer of promise is here. This year it also brought a hurricane, reminding us that winter storms are often followed by a season of tropical storms, some of which make it this far north. Hurricane Arthur dropped […]
Here is the NECN report on the geotextile containers. It was interesting to watch their total coverage this morning which has lasted several hours. They didn’t have any coverage of successful geotextile containers.
They used quite a few of our photos and videos.
Click on the photo to see the video –
If you are interested in coastal management and rising sea levels, you will want to be here today. Thanks to Nantucket Coastal Conservancy, the Nantucket Civic League and the UMASS Boston School for the Environment for bringing Cornelia Dean and Dr. Robert Young to Nantucket.
The bluff at Sankaty has been subject to toe erosion throughout its history, but now significant portions of it are covered by jute tubes, and more recently, geotextile tubes. It’s interesting to see that, of late, there is little discernible difference in the impact of the ocean on the covered and uncovered areas. This is not to […]
In a recent letter to the Board of Selectmen, the Sconset Beach Preservation Fund congratulated the three members who voted for the Sankaty Bluff geotextile container project for “rising above the debate” on the subject of hard armoring island beaches. The debate they are referring to was the voices of the people of Nantucket who […]
I was told, after a recent Conservation Commission Meeting, that my love for the eroding bluff was like that of someone who liked dilapidated buildings. I was surprised at this as it’s hard for me to contemplate that some people don’t see Sankaty’s natural beauty. I realize that we will not agree and I accept […]
The March blizzard is five days gone, and while erosion of the Sankaty geotextile container installation continues, it’s the bluff itself that attracts our attention. One might think that the sand poured on its face has slowed its decay, as the visible areas of run-off are at the edges of the plumes and the impressive erosion […]