Tag: Old Inlet

The New Inlet, Then And Now

Further research via old maps showed that in the 1790's it was referred to as "The New Inlet at South Haven," gaining the name The Old Inlet only after it was closed by two ship wrecks in the 1820s. So what was new is now new again. The bay is renewing itself with the inlet's reopening. Even so, The Army Corps of Engineers continues to press for closure, as to presumably the politicians who continue to ignore science in favor of 'doing something.' It is our hope that this new New Inlet will remain with us, hopefully so long as nature deems it, and will continue to revitalize the Eastern Bay, repairing at least some of the damage we've caused from decades of mismanagement and neglect. We hope that it can buy us enough time to address the many water quality issues on the Long Island mainland that led to the bay's deterioration -- seepage from 100,000+ septic tanks, storm runoff from 2000+ outfall pipes that wash into our streams and into our bays 115 different pesticides, lawn fertilizer, the destruction of marshes and eelgrass beds.

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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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Kayaking The Old Inlet aka The New Inlet aka The Breach April 25th and April 26th 2013

Save The Great South Bay here presents a video from a Facebook Group member and avid kayaker, Dan Smith, of what he like many refer to as The Old Inlet, but which others know as The New Inlet or The Breach. Call it what you will, there is no place on The Great South Bay now that has such wild life -- osprey, seals, the endangered piping plover, thousands upon thousands of sea birds -- and has clear aquamarine water that few today can remember.

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