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April 2014

We heard from many of you after our last newsletter's subject line regarding the song title "Don't FENCE Me In."  This old favorite was written by Cole Porter and sung by Roy Rogers, Bing Crosby and many others (both in tune and out of tune). This week we'll continue the fencing theme with a focus on installation. We hope you find our newsletter enjoyable and informative and, as always, we appreciate your feedback. 


Sand Drift Fencing Installation- Think Zig-Zag!

In designing a sand drift fence consider the following:   


1.  A sand drift fence is not a straight line fence; sand drift fencing is most effective in a zig-zag configuration.  Straight line sand drift fence is best used for pedestrian or vehicular control such as wood and wire directing beach goers to access points, keeping folks off dunes that you are trying to rebuild or vegetate, or keeping cars from parking on a beach face.

2.  Most sand drift fence costs are presented in terms of fence lineal feet not beach lineal feet.  Since drift fencing is zig-zag, the number of lineal feet of drift fence will always exceed the number of beach lineal feet.  The angle of the zig-zag will usually not be less than 30 degrees and can reach 45 degrees.  Of course, the steeper the angle of the fence, the more drift fence that will be required and thus the greater the cost.


3.  Sand drift fencing works best where there is a wide beach face and a lot of sand that can be wind swept along the beach and caught by the drift fencing where it will be deposited between the zigs and the zags of the fence or behind the fence.  Sand drift fencing installed on beach where the beach face is mostly silts and clays and only a little sand, will result in minimal sand accretion.


4.  In the early days of sand drift fencing, cross bracing was used to reinforce the mid panel span.  Cross bracing, while a good idea in terms of fence stability, is not such a good idea in terms of safety, particularly on an actively used beach.  Children (and adults) will stand/sit on the cross braces of the fence, and occasionally the braces will break.  The safety issue is obvious in terms of potential cuts and bruises or falling on to the panel slats which can result in a very nasty injury.  Thus, we recommend rather than cross bracing, using mid span posts as the fence panel reinforcement method.


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Beach Notes

Dam, Levee and Coastal Structure Repair or Removal Program - The MA Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has advertised a program to award Massachusetts communities funding to repair or remove dams, levees, seawalls and other inland and coastal flood control structures.  Submissions are due June 17 with questions due by May 1.   Read more....  Earlier this month the Patrick Administration awarded 10 Grants to Combat Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Massachusetts communities.


P-Town wins $100k grant to boost coastal 'resilience' - Through a grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program Provincetown, MA has been awarded a $100,000 grant develop a management plan for Provincetown Harbor that identifies potential areas for natural dune restoration, beach stabilization and approaches to mitigating coastal erosion.    Read more...


Gloucester, MA lands $50,000 grant to study coastal threats.  Read more...


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  • Coir envelope construction
  • Coastal bank, shoreline and dune stabilization
  • Inland waterway erosion control
  • Construction site erosion control
  • Sand drift fencing
  • Beach nourishment
  • Vegetated buffers and coastal bank vegetation
  • Rock gabion construction (wire & HDPE gabions)
  • Boardwalks, dune crossovers, walkway construction
  • Wetland/salt marsh restoration
  • Infrastructure protection

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David C. Lager

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