Raising Streets & Entire Islands – Not Just Homes

Raising houses may or may not be enough as oceans rise.  What about the ground-level and below ground infrastructure around such homes?  Will we need to raise public infrastructure and entire islands?

A thoughtful treatment of the issue by Sarah Watson in this Press of Atlantic City article December 8, 2013.  It references a 1990 study by James Titus at EPA, a summer-homeowner on Long Beach Island, NJ who works at EPA and makes a case study of LBI.  It prompted us to add the study to our “More Information” Page, see the bottom of the page here.

 

Maritime Forest in Bradley Beach

Planting to prevent destruction; it is more than just dune grass.  The northeast corner of Bradley Beach, NJ near the tip of Fletcher Lake and the border of Ocean Grove, NJ was just a hard-packed gravel lot where the Boro kept their lifeguard stands and beach lockers in the off season.  Once Sandy’s storm surge over-topped our dunes and bulk-headed boardwalk this area served as a ramp to quickly bring the water and sand into the town and the lake.  Not ideal.

But Captain Al Modjeski had another vision for the site, he wanted to plant a Maritime Forest, which is what probably existed naturally before the area was developed.  The site was dug up, planted with native plants which will allow storm-water to infiltrate, it will provide protection from storm surge and beautify the area.  3 minute video here.

Still photo gallery here

Letter to the Editor

Letter: After Sandy, let’s rethink restoring the Shore

March 26, 2013
Opinion – APP Letter to the Editor

A wise and educated young lady, Lucille Zipf, wrote a compelling and thought-provoking column (Asbury Park Press, March 22, “Restoring old Shore a mistake”). Her words gave me cause to pause and reflect, for I also love the Jersey Shore.

I have been a “Jersey Girl” for most of my adult life, but my stomping grounds were North Jersey until retiring to Barnegat in 2005.

At 16, I fell in love with my husband and now 50 years have passed and Lucille’s article brought back all the happy memories of our dating years and day trips to the Shore.

Read complete letter here.