the Farmer’s Market

Check out the new Farmers Market in the Oak Beach Parking lot this Saturday!

Local venders offering quality organic and home grown produce and things.

Stop on by Saturday June 30th!

Beach Erosion – Gilgo Beach – Coast Guard – 5/7/18

Walked Gilgo Beach from the center Path to Coast Guard Station late morning during the mid  tide.The slide below shows a picture of the West and then the walk East to Coast Guard Station.

Most of the dunes have eroded to within a foot or so of their peaks.
The majority of storm fencing and posts are gone or damaged.
The high water line comes within a couple of feet of the dunes in many locations.
There is not a lot of beach!

Mike from CA in front a half a dune on the east side of Gilgo before Coast Guard Station.

100 feet West of Coast Guard Station, erosion has gone past the peak height of the dune, it is eating up the dune to Ocean Parkway.
Look at the high tide marking in the sand, the ocean is reaching the dune line regularly on high tides.

Check Captain Rick and Gabby in front the dune danger zone, dune lost 10 feet plus in height.
Look at the dark sand area line on the beach, it is where the dune used to exist!
Top of the Dune Danger Zone, no flat top here.
This is the Top of the dunes 150′ West at the Path. Gives you an idea of the amount of destruction.

The South Shore Babylon Barrier Beaches need sand, call your Congressman today.

Beach Update 6/26 – Looks can be Deceiving

Walked today at low tide, looks like some sand came back, but not enough to add to the high tide beach, but look better than the 6/17 low tide pictures. Better later than never, think this is the first plus sign of sand to occur this year.

Even with the positive development, more erosion to the base and depth of the sand dunes has occurred since the last report on 6/19.

Couple more of the remaining fence posts toppled over the weekend, just west of Coast Guard
Coast Guard Station substructure on June 26th, 2017, notice the loss of sand under the old foundation
Beach sand returning looking east towards Hemlock Cove from Coast Guard at Gilgo State Park

Looks can be deceiving, wishing it was beach back, look at the high water debris line, still getting to the dune base in many locations.

The South Shore Barrier Beaches need sand, call your Congressman today.

 

Alert, Alert! Vanishing Beaches 2017

gilgo sand erosion

Our beaches are in tough shape, most of the sand placed from the Sandy Dune Rebuild Project has vanished.

In fact, there are many points on the beach between  Gilgo Beach Babylon Town Park and Cedar Beach where there is less sand on the beach than before Sandy devastated the area.

I took all of these pictures at Low Tide with a calm ocean and onshore wind on June 17th, 2017.

At High Tide, the ocean is eating away at the base of the dunes for a good portion of the beach from Gilgo Beach to Hemlock Cove.

Please Contact your government officials, here is the current list, urge them to fund a beach replenishment project this fall.

Not Much Sand
Photo taken from the East side of Gilgo Beach looking West
Entrance to Gilgo Beach
Entrance to Gilgo Town Park, beach for 2 truck tracks and an umbrella, used to have room for hundreds!
Beach grass on the dunes
On a positive note, the planting on the backside of the dunes have taken and hardened the dunes as planned. Sweet!

We will be updating beach conditions weekly.

Hurricane season is coming!
Call Your Congressman today.
South Shore Barrier Beaches need Sand

Storm Drain Dangers

Storm Drains Empty into Our Bay!

Nothing Should be Discharged Down a Storm Drain.
They are for Storm Rain Waters Only.
Storm Drains are Not Part of our Sewer System.
Storm Water goes Untreated, Directly into Our Bays!

Storm drains are constructed to prevent flooding  by diverting rain waters off streets into local waters. Chemicals that are used or disposed of improperly, frequently mix with the storm water and are transported by the same system into our local streams, lakes and bays. These chemicals can end up in the aquifer, the sources of our drinking water.