July 12, 2013

Erosion an ongoing problem

Nantucket, Malibu and the New Jersey beaches are not the only endangered shorelines.

As we sail around the Chesapeake watershed, we have seen more and more miles of riprap (stones) lining the shorelines. NOT the view that John Smith saw.

Frequent drivers on our nearby Colonial Parkway may have noticed that the York River is getting closer to the road too. 1300 feet of shoreline need revetments of new soil and rip rap.. But the National Park Service has only enough money to deal with the most needy 800 feet at the moment. One bluff that supports one of the parkway bridges has eroded 20 feet in the last 30 years. So the Corps of Engineers has no time to dawdle.