Concerned Citizens Call on Neighbors to Fight Against Beach Nourishment Project

The Concerned Citizens of Quogue oppose the Save the Dunes Foundation's plan to dredge of 1.1 million cubic yards of sand and use it to replenish Quogue's beachfront.

Quogue Beach after Hurricane Sandy. Credit: Erica Jackson
Quogue Beach after Hurricane Sandy. Credit: Erica Jackson
A group of residents, which call themselves the Concerned Citizens of Quogue, are asking their neighbors to help in their fight against a beach nourishment project, proposed by the non-profit Save the Dunes Foundation. 

In an e-mail blast sent to neighbors late last week, the Concerned Citizens of Quogue, asked for conventional administrative and financial support and also asked for assistance in spreading their message. 

"We are committed to protecting the beaches and dunes by the natural forces that dictate the movements of the barrier island, without the intervention of man, and in supporting environmentally sound alternative methods for managing erosion," the group's leaders wrote. 

The Concerned Citizens of Quogue, which formed in 2013, specifically oppose the Save the Dunes Foundation's DEC application, which asks for permission dredge of 1.1 million cubic yards of sand and use it to replenish Quogue's beachfront at a cost of $13 million. 

The plan, if carried out, would take about two months to complete. 

"We believe that dredging a 100 acre trench, 7 feet deep and depositing 1,000,000 cubic yards of sand on our beach, at a cost upwards of $13,000,000.00, will be environmentally damaging," said the Concerned Citizens, who undertook a letter writing campaign in November calling on the state to reject the plan because "it will create an artificial, engineered beach that will affect the natural ebb and flow, at an extremely high and never-ending expense, which will be funded completely by the taxpayers of our community."

The Save the Dunes Foundation, however, argues otherwise and has stated that the project would be funded through the creation of a special taxing district, similar to what was recently done in Sagaponack, Water Mill and Bridgehampton. The project would also, the group said, ensure that the beachfront, which took a beating during Hurricane Sandy, would be preserved for the next ten years. 

The Village of Quogue has not committed to either plan. 

For more information on the Concerned Citizens of Quogue, click here and for more information on the Save the Dunes Foundation, click here

John Post January 24, 2014 at 09:54 AM
The Quogue beach is continuously eroding due to the Inlet. This is scientifically documented. The beach will be smaller, lower, flooded at high tide and the dunes vulnerable to big storms. The big risk is breach. The DEC will only approve environmentally sound applications. The QCC folks goal is protection of the Quogue beach. What is their solution to the relentless erosion? John J. Post
J. Michael Reinoso January 24, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Hi John, I am a CCQ member but am posting my own opinion (not representing CCQ). In response to your question, I might suggest that a sand-bypass program for the inlet be considered as a potential “solution” for slowing the rate of erosion. Nourishment takes offshore sand from in front of our homes and dumps it on the shore in front of our homes, at a huge price while introducing new risks (by altering the near shore wave action) and damaging the ecosystem. We are going to lose that sand regardless (but assuredly sooner if it’s dumped onto the beach), unless we restore the flow of sand from Montauk to the west of the inlet. Considering the price tag of nourishment (a temporary solution that only protects homes but does not restore the amount of sand reaching our beaches), sand bypass should be on the table. And, the costs and benefits could be distributed among ALL of the towns between Shinnecock and Moriches, without saddling a debt only on the Quogue community. In my opinion, re-establishing that flow of sand from the east is a more economical, sustainable and holistic solution than never-ending beach nourishment. Regards, JM
John Post January 27, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Hi Michael, Bypass is a good idea but will never replace the sand lost since the '38 hurricane. In fact there has been a sand bypass project in place at Shinnecock Inlet since 2004 including a recent sand bypass in 2012. To date over 900,000 cubic yards (210,000 CY in 2004, 500,000 CY in 2010 and 200,000 CY in 2012) has been placed between Road K and Road L in Hampton Bays. The problem, is the sand lost in the years since 1938, which is measured by the US Army Corps of Engineers at more than 8 million CY, is still in deficit. It took nearly 70 years for the adverse impacts of sand starvation to cause material damage to the Village of Quogue in the form of visible beach and dune loss. It will take decades for the sand from Roads K and L to reach Quogue and will never make up for the huge prior losses. In the meantime the relentless erosion will continue - a smaller, lower beach and risk of a breach. Nourishment AND bypass are the solution.


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