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 on the fourth geotextile container installation is in the preparation stage with sand being delivered to the beach, a large water pit dug and pipes laid out the length of the tubes to bring water from the pit to the hopper where it is mixed with sand that makes the slurry that is injected […]
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 […]
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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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 have posted two large photos of Swept Away at 93 Baxter Road on Nantucket Erosion. The first was taken on August 3, 2014 and the second on March 15, 2015. You can see the considerable erosion around this house that is over the geotextile containers. This damage is all caused by runoff and the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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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 […]
A full blog post will have to wait till tomorrow evening. We finally got our power back on but need some rest. We have a lot to say about what we saw today on the bluff and will report in full tomorrow. Here are a couple of shots from today.