May 2015

This spring NETCO has been engaged in a number of coastal bank stabilization projects. In this month's newsletter we will address the stabilization of a coastal bank on Nantucket Island. Like many coastal communities, Nantucket has experienced extensive coastal erosion in recent years and especially during this winter's storm season.


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Nantucket Bank Stabilization

One of NETCO's larger projects this spring is a coastal bank stabilization project along Baxter Road on Nantucket Island. As we have mentioned in previous issues of the NETCO newsletter, there are two steps to successfully stabilizing a coastal bank or dune. The first step is to stabilize the toe of the bank or dune against storm winds and surf, and the second step is to stabilize the face against rain and water running down the bank. A well stabilized toe ensures the success of the work done on the face of the coastal bank or dune.  


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Beach Notes

Foreshore protection is not simply patching up a seawall or raising a revetment. Instead there is a lot of planning, permitting, time and costs that go into what may seem like an easy fix. That's the point town officials want residents to understand... Read More 

In late April 2013, the freighter Capri arrived from Sweden off Provincetown loaded with a new floating breakwater, or wave attenuator, headed for Plymouth. It stopped in the harbor, awaiting transfer to a barge that was then transported to the privately run Brewer Plymouth Marine. During its brief stay in the harbor, Harbormaster Rex McKinsey had the opportunity to see.. Read More 

The Gulf Stream that helps to keep Britain from freezing over in winter is slowing down faster now than at any time in the past millennium according to a study suggesting that major changes are taking place to the ocean currents of the North Atlantic... Read More 
The resilience of U.S. coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion and other threats can be strengthened when they are protected by natural infrastructure such as marshes, reefs, and beaches, or with hybrid approaches, such as a "living shoreline" - a combination of natural habitat and built infrastructure, according to a new NOAA study... Read More 
On May 29, Coastal Plants 2015, Moving Beyond Just Beachgrass, will be held at WHOI. Workshop topics include increasing plant diversity on dunes and shorelines, plant adaptation to climate change and sea level rise, strategies to minimize the use of inorganic fertilizers, and lessons learned after Hurricane Sandy. For more information, contact Greg Berman... Read More 
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  • Coir log and 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