Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sea Turtle's Fragile Recovery at Risk?

Reading a story about Ike's effects that also mentions dredging -- happening right now on SPI:
"Sand dredged from nearby channels for rebuilding beaches might not exhibit the same physical and chemical characteristics that washed away and could render (sea turtle)nest building and egg incubation problematic."

read the article



Blogger Rob Nixon said...

If you really want to start seeing the inherent environmental impacts and economic limits of beach fill projects along with the drain on local, state and federal budgets to protect poorly placed coastal development and infrastructure set up a google alert for "beach renourishment" and enjoy the daily list of articles.

You will soon see just how unsustainable beach fill really is.

As politically unpopular as it may be, Managed Retreat will become more and more of an option for local and state governments.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Well I see your point but most of the turtle nests are up on the North End or on Boca Chica, speaking of our area. That is, very few nests are found in the area from the jetties to La Quinta where any beach renourishment occurs- although there have been some notable ones recently.

I am opposed to extending beach renourishment northward past La Quinta because the erosion rates are too high up there.

Take that out of the equation, I don't mind some limited beach renourishment on the lower 5 miles of SPI beaches. There are 25 miles of virgin beach to the north and I forget how many miles on Boca Chica although it's a long haul if you make the drive.

I don't know if it is "sustainable" by any stretch of the imagination but a few miles of beach renourishment is better than no town beach at all, except where the beach is actually growing down by Isla Blanca. -sammie

9:28 PM  

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