Tag: Hurricane Sandy

A Photo Of The Breach / New Inlet Forming During Hurricane Sandy

Here's an amazing shot of the breach as it was being formed during Hurricane Sandy, photographed by our own Michael Busch. Those aren't dunes behind the Pattersquash club house -- those are waves!

The Breach / New Inlet Forming During Hurricane Sandy

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National Parks Service: The Old Inlet Breach at Fire Island

The breach, although not static, is relatively stable and there is a likelihood that closure by natural processes may occur in the future.
Water levels and tidal amplitude in eastern Great South Bay returned to normal soon after Hurricane Sandy and have remained in the normal range.
Water exchange between the ocean and bay has increased in eastern Great South Bay.
Extensive shoaling has occurred within the Great South Bay just north of the breach.

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What Mother Nature and The New Inlet Can’t Do — A Bay in Peril

With The New Inlet, Mother Nature's true gift was to give us but a glimpse of what the Great South Bay was and could be again. It's a challenge to us to take action. Next summer, will The New Inlet even be there, whether because of nature or man? Then what? The bay starts to die again. Here's what Mother Nature alone can't fix, and what we must fix if we want this bay all the way back, New Inlet or no New Inlet:

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A Great South Bay Breach and Estuary Policy Bibliography

A work in progress:  Federal The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Home.aspx The 1996 Breach Contingency Plan http://www.nps.gov/fiis/parkmgmt/upload/ACOE-BCP-1996_web.pdf Recommendations for a Barrier Island Breach …

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