After several days of wind and rain we went to Sankaty Bluff to see how it was faring, considering that there was the possibility of a hurricane on the way. The hurricane is now predicted to have no impact on our east-facing beaches, but this nor’easter is still taking its shots. Even after a mild summer with […]
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 […]
We made a quick trip to the bluff tonight. The ocean was active, the wind was blowing and it was raining. We watched a dump truck pouring more island sand over the edge of the bluff. We were able to get a different view of Swept Away and Bluff Edge. The edges in front of […]
The geotextile containers below Sankaty Bluff were permitted by the Mass Dep because there are three pre-1978 structures endangered by erosion along a short stretch of the bank. One of these structures, “Swept Away” is a cottage. Another is a small remnant of a house where “Bluff Edge” once stood, the third being an uninhabitable shed on the next lot. We found […]
We have updated Nantucket Erosion with photos from Sunday the 15th for the bluff and Monday the 16th for Eel Point and Steps Beach area.
Sankaty Bluff photos are here http://www.nantucketerosion.com
And the North Shore Comparison galleries have been updated at these links –
Eel Point – www.nantucketerosion.com/?page_id=1799
This weekend brought the weather that has proved to be the bluff’s biggest enemy – a steady rain. When it was over, a 9 foot piece of the bluff was on top of the geotextile containers along with a multitude of other large clumps and the bank at Swept Away had eroded to the edge […]
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.
Edit: Looking back on our previous photos, we think it is likely that the geotextile containers were ripped by the machines used to add sand and not by the storms.
We went to the geotextile containers late this evening after being told that they had ripped. The have ripped in one section and in others […]
Our final comparative post is now up on Nantucket Erosion. These are photos taken from the end of the bluff walk to the geotextile containers. The photos are posted in pairs, the first of the pair was taken on January 11, 2015 and the second on January 28, 2015.
You can see more and larger […]
We have updated Nantucket Erosion with comparative photos taken from Steps Beach to Hinckley.
You can see more and larger photos on Nantucket Erosion at http://www.nantucketerosion.com
A great deal of Nantucket pit sand was delivered over the edge of Sankaty Bluff one week ago, and a great deal of that sand has already gone the way of the tides, courtesy of the first nor’easter of 2015. The geotextile containers below the bluff have been frequently exposed by runoff erosion in the […]
The bluff continues to melt as there is less distance from its face to the wetlands. There has been no toe erosion but the disintegration of the bluff worsens.
You can see more and larger photos on Nantucket Erosion at http:www.nantucketerosion.com
The bluff sustained considerable damage once again after the recent nor’easter. Plantings and netting were destroyed at one section, large amounts of the bluff dropped to the geotextile containers and the runoff once again was prominent.
You can see more and larger photos on Nantucket Erosion at http:www.nantucketerosion.com .
The prodigious amounts of sand, soil and sediment were not the only things washed away from the Sankaty Bluff after last night’s high winds and heavy rains. The notion that the geotextile containers below provide any protection from the chief cause of the bank’s erosion is forever stripped of its logic. The dramatic changes to Sankaty Bluff […]
We are expecting high winds this afternoon and night coming from the southeast. I made a trip in the rain this morning and will go again after the high winds to assess the situation.
More and larger photos are on Nantucket Erosion.
A beautiful day after the storm (not a proper nor’easter) brought us out to see how the Sankaty Bluff fared through two days of high winds and rain. As one would expect, there were considerable losses from the wind that howled straight down the beach, the waves that angled in from the northeast and the […]
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.
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.