Proof That Flooding Along The Eastern Seaboard is Causing The Flooding Starting With Sandy?

Too bad our politicians Senator Charles Schumer and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announced November 19th, just a couple of weeks after Sandy, that they were moving to try and close The Old Inlet, which reopened after 175 years following Hurricane Sandy, before any scientists had any chance to weigh in.   It is further a shame that despite all the science that has been gathered since November 19th shows that the Old Inlet is in not contributing in any measurable way to flooding on the South Shore, that Schumer and Bellone and the Army Corps of Engineers are utterly indifferent, no, even contemptuous of all the data and analysis that shows that the flooding is not from the Old Inlet.   When something gets budgeted as a project, just try and stop it.

The reports continue to come in that the cause of the breach is much much larger, tied into climate change, record arctic ice melt, and a faltering of the Gulf Stream.   Not that it will matter for politicians determined to do the wrong thing for the wrong reason,  once more leaving the bay in a worse state than it was before.  Here is what researchers at Old Dominion have determined is causing flooding in VA, NC and the rest of the Eastern Seaboard:    Connection Between Gulf Stream and Sea Level Rise Confirmed by ODU Study.

So the scientific facts say one thing, and the politicians and the bulldozers say another.   Meanwhile, The Old Inlet is bringing about a rebirth of The Great South Bay with fish and wildlife missing for 20 years coming back, with bay bottom, hidden by murk, visible again.

A Baby Seal At The Old Inlet
A Baby Seal At The Old Inlet — Photo by Derek Rogers

 

It would be an environmental travesty to let the politicians win and force the NYS DEC to close it.    Contact New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens today at http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/407.html and tell him you stand with him against those who would push this project through despite the science and despite all that it would mean for the millions who live on Long Island or come to play in our waters and beaches.     Science, not politics should be driving our environmental policies.

 

 

 

  • betsy smith

    Save the Great South Bay by letting the inlet alone. Remove or raise
    the houses that should not have been built against the dunes in the first place. It is arrogant in the extreme to imagine Schumer, Bellone and the Army Corps of Engineers think they can stop the Atlantic Ocean!

  • Pete R

    From an ex-Babylonian living in Florida now, here is something to think about. There was once this long meandering river that ran down the middle of the state from just south of Orlando to west of WestPalm Beach called the Kissimmee River. The natural curves of the river acted as a filtration system to cleanse the water of any farm effluent or chemical runoff from the many ranches along the river so that when the waters hit lake Okeechobee and the Everglades further south, it was clean. Periodic seasonal flooding however would occasionally take away fertile cattle grazing land so the Army Corp of Engineers was tasked with straightening the river to control the flooding. That was 40 some years ago.

    As a result, a decade later Everglades and Lake Okeechobee were on the verge of extinction because all the pollutants that were once filtered naturally were no longer being so and would run down the river and threaten both ecosystems.

    About 10 years ago, the Army Corp was instructed to put the river back to normal at additionally cost. My point is this: you must stop these self righteous idiots who think they know better than everyone else ( including nature) and do what they want to meet there own agenda. And it seems it the ones who proport to be the champions of the ecology -democrats – who always seem to inflict the most damage. We have a group down here called Friends of the Kissimmee River. Please don’t let these politians ruin the bay up there.