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Mile 237 Report
March 29, 2023
This is my first mile report!
This is my first mile report! Most of my observations were of the ongoing armoring of beach-front homes that has been going on for the last three years. A few of the homes have reached their goal of 33 feet (height) above sea-level that was recommended from a geological report/study done previously to address long-term solutions to the erosion in this mile. A nice flock of sea birds was observed (didn't want to get to close so the pic is not great...). There were no sitings of whales today, however last Monday I observed two (Mom and calf ?) only a couple hundred yards off the beach at 237. Otherwise, it was a beautiful sunny afternoon that begged me to hit the beach and walk my mile; wind was minimal and temps were in the low 50s.
Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 0.8 feet.
Number of people: 18. Number of dogs: 6. Walking or running: 16. Sitting: 2. Multiple tracks on the beach indicating the movement of the excavators used for the ongoing revetment (rip-rapping/armoring) projects in front of homes in this mile. These machines obviously have no other way to access the work-sites except for the beach at low tide. See pic.
Western Snowy Plovers or Least Terns on the shore (grey wings); they didn’t fly, but ran in unison in and out of the surf line. Long slender beaks, about 10-12 inches long.
Small rocks, Shells.
Beachgrass planting or removal, Sand removal, New riprap or shoreline protection structures.
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The most heartbreaking part of my mile report today is that I couldn't even walk my entire mile due to shifting sand and the subsequent tide (even though I did this at low tide,) preventing a safe northward walk. I have been walking on this stretch of beach since the early seventies and never-- even five or ten years ago, would you not had adequate distance to walk the beach from the surf to the foredune. I provided on pic looking north on my mile from the top of a revetment that was installed a few years ago, that's the only way I could get a glimpse of it safely.
I learned that two shore structures (stairs built on top of rip-rap) were heavily damaged during a recent storm/tide condition earlier this month.
Beautiful morning on the beach with calm winds and plenty of sun.