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Coastal Erosion is the result of coastal process, anthropogenic impacts or often a combination of the two factors, sometimes amplifying each other.

Safe Harbor responds to coastal erosion problems by developing alternative responses. Then we consider each alternative for consequences and linkage to the scale of the problem. The most sustainable response usually  responds to the problem and also addresses the cause of the problem. Sustainable responses don't create shoreline anomalies, because coastal anomalies may generate consequences which can neutralize the response effort.

Winter Storm erosion: What role does wind play? Broken beach steps contributed to near loss of home.

 Unfortunately for a property owner with broken beach steps, tenants walked down to the beach over the dune vegetation, killing the beach grass. The winter winds came through the open area for 2 years, creating a blow out big enough to put a small house in.

Unfortunately for a property owner with broken beach steps, tenants walked down to the beach over the dune vegetation, killing the beach grass. The winter winds came through the open area for 2 years, creating a blow out big enough to put a small house in.

 The blow out was growing several feet each week. At the end of February, we measured the opening in the dune at 55 feet wide, 12-20 feet deep and 80 feet from toe of dune at the beach, to back dune. The foundation posts for the nearest home (not visible here) were 12 feet away. The home belonged to an absentee owner.

The blow out was growing several feet each week. At the end of February, we measured the opening in the dune at 55 feet wide, 12-20 feet deep and 80 feet from toe of dune at the beach, to back dune. The foundation posts for the nearest home (not visible here) were 12 feet away. The home belonged to an absentee owner.

 The erosion was so extreme that we needed to bring in compatible sand to renourish the blow out area. We selected an experienced excavation company (E-Z-Doze It from Wellfleet) with an equipment operator who followed our strict access requirements.

The erosion was so extreme that we needed to bring in compatible sand to renourish the blow out area. We selected an experienced excavation company (E-Z-Doze It from Wellfleet) with an equipment operator who followed our strict access requirements.

 After consulting with the home owner and local Conservation Agent, we had a team set up sand fencing until we could develop a restoration protocol. The semi-concentric pattern of fences would slow down the wind. Instead of eroding sand, the wind would now deposit sand.

After consulting with the home owner and local Conservation Agent, we had a team set up sand fencing until we could develop a restoration protocol. The semi-concentric pattern of fences would slow down the wind. Instead of eroding sand, the wind would now deposit sand.

 Careful flagging and site management communication, provide clear guidelines for the restoration.

Careful flagging and site management communication, provide clear guidelines for the restoration.

 We coordinated sand restoration with replanting beach grass. Early March is perfect but not always balmy.

We coordinated sand restoration with replanting beach grass. Early March is perfect but not always balmy.

 Sand fencing was re-installed to control wind speed over the restored area. Dennis Minsky, Talilla Schuster, Rachael Sevanich and Meribeth Ratzel take a well deserved moment to admire their efforts. Rachael received Safe Harbor's Special Recognition Award for her leadership on this project. The beach grass will double it's stem count each year and in 4-6 years, the system will become sustainable.

Sand fencing was re-installed to control wind speed over the restored area. Dennis Minsky, Talilla Schuster, Rachael Sevanich and Meribeth Ratzel take a well deserved moment to admire their efforts. Rachael received Safe Harbor's Special Recognition Award for her leadership on this project. The beach grass will double it's stem count each year and in 4-6 years, the system will become sustainable.