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Seagrant ( a lot more on them below, from their site), offers an overview of the two most important topics affecting The Great South Bay and the Western Bays -- The Breach / New Inlet, and The Crippling of The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant By Hurricane Sandy. Here is a national marine science non-profit with a strong local presence offering their views on both these issues as part of a Post Sandy assessment of marine conditions post Sandy and what our policy should be regarding them. One's a story of dirty water being flushed out (The Breach), the other a story of dirty water pouring in (The crippled Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant). In both cases, it is crucial that as we rebuild we make wise, informed choices. As the Breach / New Inlet is flushing the Eastern Great South Bay while revitalizing it and lowering the brown algae count to perhaps 1/100th of what we are seeing in Moriches and Shinnecock Bay, we need to keep The New Inlet open -- or to put it another way, prevent it from being closed through political pressure.
Michael certainly had a busy weekend. He has for us and today's breach report a video and a slide show of the dismantling of the Pattersquash Gunner's Association Club House, which rested on Pelican Island until Sandy and The New Inlet washed her off the island and into Bellport Bay. He also brought his camera down in 4 feet of water to document the clearer, cleaner water that The New Inlet is bringing to Bellport Bay and the Eastern Great South Bay.
Since Sandy, Michael has been steadily chr0ncling what The New Inlet has brought to the eastern Great South Bay - the osprey, the seals, fish of all kinds. We have devoted a whole page to him on this site. He in turn has launched Great South Bay Images. By going through his archives you will see how The New Inlet has evolved, and the changes it has brought. You will also experience the sheer beauty of this rare natural event - a barrier beach and a bay revitalizing through the creation of a new inlet -- and of our Great South Bay itself and its wildlife.
Here then is a slide show of the club's dismantling and removal:
Michael Busch has some great pics of The Breach / New Inlet. From June 13th. Weakfish and bluefish are in abundance in Bellport Bay.
Michael Busch of Great South Bay Images took this shot of The Pattersquash Gunner's Association clubhouse, which sits right now in the middle of a system of shoals, sandbars, and channels that is the New Inlet. As you can see, much of the water is quite shallow. Sandbar islands have emerged, and shift now as The New Inlet shoals up and drifts slowly westward. Some intrepid soul came to the clubhouse, probably by kayak, and planted this flag.
This is NOT something Save The Great South Bay would ever endorse -- trying to navigate in these shifting shallows and strong currents -- but we have to admit it made for a great picture.
With the twice daily flushing of Bellport Bay from the tides and The New Inlet, we are seeing bay bottom hidden for decades, flounder, bluefish, weakfish. And unlike Shinnecock and Moriches Bay, which don't properly flush, and where nitrogen pollution from septic tanks, lawn fertilizers and farms gathers to feed algal blooms, and with increasing intensity year by year, we have thus far seen NO BROWN TIDES.
We will say this with each installment of The Breach Report -- keep your boat/kayak at a very respectful distance from The New Inlet. There are lots of shallows where you can run aground. There are also places where the current is strong. The New Inlet is narrowing and shoaling, but it still runs swiftly, so the inlet itself is really best seen by driving to Smith Point and walking about 1 1/2 miles west.
"One thing that struck me was the clarity of the bay water."
Photographer Michael Busch has been perhaps the most prolific photographer/filmographer of The New Inlet, a subject worthy of his talents. …