November 1, 2012

Sandy was kind to the Chesapeake Bay

NASA photo from Sept. 2011
I have been glued to the TV since last Monday. Sandy devastated New Jersey and New York City, as well as other shorelines in Connecticut, Long Island, and Delaware. It will be a LONG time for any sense of normalcy to return. The Jersey Shore may never return to its fabled state.

I had feared that the northern part of the Chesapeake Bay would see a plume of sediment coming down the Susquehanna River and over Conowingo Dam again this year as it did after Hurricane Irene in 2011. The view from space was quite impressive last September.

So I found the news about the Bay  from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation folks quite positive. It seems that the rains were less than Irene's and the Bay will be spared. Click here to read the good news.

The only aspect of the damage from Sandy that I have not seen covered anywhere yet is the amount of debris that will head to landfills. It may very well overwhelm them. There is no way to recycle this much construction material.