Nantucket people may come to expect snowstorms near the end of January now that we’ve had another. The relatively heavy snow and high winds brought us out to the Sankaty Bluff once more to see the effects of the weather on the geotextile container installation and the bank itself. The storm and the recent heavy rains have ravaged both. The […]
The work to install a fourth geotextile container and returns on the original installation is well underway below Sankaty Bluff. A trench has been dug on the south end to provide a pool for the high-pressure pump that forces seawater into the hopper some 900′ to the north. The hopper mixes the water with sand to produce […]
Work has begun adding a fourth geotextile container to the pile already there and adding returns to the ends of the geotextile containers. These photos were taken on a quick trip in the rain. More to come as work progresses.
As usual – more and larger photos on Nantucket Erosion
A trench […]
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 […]
The Conservation Commission held a public hearing tonight on the latest geotextile container proposal. They listened to comments from several people, closed the meeting and then discussed the issue amongst themselves. The issue is a settlement proposed to allow the geotextile containers for three years with monitoring. They will approve or disapprove the settlement within […]
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 […]
The geotextile container issue is back in front of the ConCom as they are asked to agree to a settlement that the SBPF and the town worked out that would allow the geotextile containers to stay as a test case and would involve adding a fourth geotextile container and the returns. We are perplexed at […]
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 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 […]
They have begun planting the face of the bluff over the geotextile containers. The dirt surface has been prepared and one section completed. We’ll have a full set of photos when it is completed. They have also added a larger berm on Baxter Road to try to prevent runoff.
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Nantucket’s Annual Daffodil Parade marks the beginning of the island’s non-winter season. After a harsher few months than usual, there appeared to be fewer daffodils and fewer cars, but sunshine and smiles were abundant. The parade sometimes boasts Pierce-Arrows and Cords, but always has entries from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, and now ’60s muscle cars are […]
The most recent sand deliveries to Baxter Road are not for beach nourishment at the geotextile containers, but for blanketing the face of Sankaty Bluff in an attempt to provide a base for beach grass and other plantings. The sand has been deposited on the bluff edge in a number of places and pushed over […]
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 made a quick trip to Sankaty Bluff today. As it was raining, raw and windy, we only looked at the top of the bank and will go down to the beach tomorrow. We found significant new losses around the remains of “Bluff Edge” and “Swept Away”. The erosion is causing a chasm between the two properties as it […]
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.
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 […]
Last month, we were on a Nantucket beach and saw one of the most beautiful sights we have ever seen. It was breathtaking. We haven’t posted those photos yet – we are saving them for our website redo that we are working on.
Yesterday, I had the opposite experience. Sconset Beach is again an ugly construction site. This is […]
We made a trip to Sankaty Bluff yesterday in frigid temperatures. The beach was coated in ice, the sand was frozen and the bluff was covered in snow. As cold as it was, the beauty of Sconset Beach made it worth the trip in spite of the fact that there are more and more new and […]
The Inquirer & Mirror recently published an article echoing the SBPF’s claim that the Sankaty Bluff geotextile containers “did their job”. We wish the Inquirer & Mirror had done its job differently and published a balanced and more accurate article instead of quoting only one source, a spokesperson of the SBPF. As a result, the article featured a number of inaccuracies, […]
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 […]