Post Sandy Coastal Engineering Atrocity at Village of Southampton, In Pictures
Featured, is an example of unsustainable and palliative coastal protection at its worst, on the beach, at the village of Southampton.
Construction of a large rock revetment, certainly one of the largest structure in the entire US designed to protect only one house.
The rocks are the size of cars and average 20-25 tons, which aliment existing concerns about the growth and expanding size of bulkheads and seawalls along the Southampton Shore.
The structure will have long-term, negative impacts on the beach and on the neighboring beaches along the coast. Structures this big will never be removed.
This is a blatant example of brute force coastal protection at its worst, counterintuitively and de facto, going against the necessary sensible adaptation to long-term sea level rise and climate change.
For more information, please contact Robert Young, PhD, PG, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University