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Many of us (about 35 based on RSVPs, seeing people there) attended "Sandy's Silver Lining," A Public Forum on The Breach, held at Bellport Middle School on the 21st between 9:30 - 12:00. The response was strong even though it was the last shopping weekend before Christmas; this issue is still front and center for us, and so about 200 showed in total. Thomas Bruckner should be singled out as having done a marvelous job assembling the panel, and in the presentation, with informative segues between speakers where he showed pics and video from his some 30 trips to the breach / inlet. He's a natural MC. The sound system was out of whack, but we will get this fixed for next time, for yes, there will be next times, as what Commissioner Soller had to say make clear.
This report, their tenth, available here Inlet_Report_10 in its entirety, discusses both how the breach has evolved and mutated, while remaining stable over all in terms of its flow and its influence on water quality in The Great South Bay. Bellport Bay -- and not much more than that -- continues to benefit greatly from the influx of fresh clean ocean water and the outflow of nitrogen rich, oxygen depleted water.
Michael Busch of Bellport takes News12 out to The Old Inlet/Breach to show them how much healthier that part of the bay has become since Sandy created it six months ago -- fluke, sea turtles, seal, osprey, clear waters.
That's at least what fisherman and boatsman Peter Curto had to say, and he has the pictures to prove it:
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.
The ecological condition of Long Island's ground water has reached a crisis point. Year by year the algal blooms grow more intense and pervasive, with brown tides erasing more habitats, with contaminated waters closing more and more acres to shellfishing, and with more and more beaches closed to swimming for longer and longer periods.
….which begs the question, ‘shouldnt we be opening up breaches in Shinnecock and Moriches Bays and other places so that they could be …
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.
The dreaded brown tide is back in some South Shore bays, threatening everything from eelgrass to scallops, but Great South Bay has been spared so far thanks to superstorm Sandy, a marine scientist said Friday.
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.