Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 15, 2017

Plum Island, site visit and public meeting on dune restoration.

You’re invited!


Newburyport Dune Restoration and Beach Access Improvement Project

The City of Newburyport invites you to attend a public meeting and site visit to learn how

efforts to restore dunes on Plum Island will help slow erosion, reduce the risk of flooding, protect the beach itself, and improve beach access for residents and visitors. Some work has already been completed, and more work is planned! This is your opportunity to provide input, ask questions, and make sure your voice is heard as we work together to reduce community vulnerability to coastal hazards while maintaining beach access for all.


Thursday, March 02, 2017 PITA Hall
8 Plum Island Turnpike 6:30-8:00pm

6:30 Welcome
6:35 Municipal Perspective on Plum Island

Erosion & Dune Restoration Julia Godtfredsen, City of Newburyport

6:40 Overview of Dune Restoration & Beach Access Project Taj Schottland,

NWF and Gregg Moore, UNH

7:00 Review & Status of Completed Work Darryl Forgione, DCR

7:10 Group Discussion Facilitated by Taj Schottland, NWF

7:50 Wrap-up & Next Steps Julia Godtfredsen, City of Newburyport


Sunday, March 5, 2017 Plum Island Point Parking Lot 1:00-2:00PM

1:00 Gather & Introduction 1:10 Walk and Talk
2:00 Return to Parking Lot

  •   Come see the project area and learn about beach access improvements!
  •   Please dress appropriately for walking along the beach and road
  •   Additional details will be sent to confirmed attendees prior to the event

    RSVP for Site Visit
    by March 1st
    to Taj Schottland:

Questions or interested in learning more?

Contact Taj Schottland, Coastal Adaptation Specialist, National Wildlife Federation,

Funding for this project was provided by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management’s Coastal Community Resilience Grant Program

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 15, 2017

California 2015/2016 el niño caused highest beach erosion on record.1ño-california-beach-erosion-in-201515-was-highest-ever-recorded/

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 14, 2017

California. Oroville Dam

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 13, 2017

Oroville California, and we think we got troubles

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 12, 2017

Plum Island Cape Cod Coastal Flood Watch:

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 11, 2017

Turks Humpback whale report. Salisbury Beach cam seems to be down.

A Cetacean Day
Hi All, I have been looking forward to this day because the weather forecast is perfect! Brilliant sunshine and flat water make for good sightings! We leave Leeward with a boat full of friends. On our way back from Beaches, JoJo joins us as we go past Seven Stars. He is looking for a ride to Pine Cay. Once we get there he branches but comes back to Spy Hop and stays around our boat. This is a nice opportunity for people to get in and swim with him. A few boats pull up and he visits each of them. Unfortunately, it’s Melanie’s last day on Provo and we need to bring her back to Ocean Club so she can catch her plane. JoJo doesn’t choose to accompany us so we leave him with his admirers. After dropping off Melanie, we make a quick check to see if any other dolphins have joined JoJo. He was following a boat which means he’s by himself. My other friends are real whale enthusiasts and toady is a perfect day to see them. Once over the reef we see a mother and calf. Unfortunately there are a number of other boats have seen them as well. We follow at a respectful distance but clearly the mom wanted no part of the humans. On the Silver Bank where most of these Humpback whales are headed there are only three boats allowed at a time. If you are trying to watch a mother and calf and they turn away from you three times you must leave the alone. There is actually a warden on board one of the boats that enforces these rules. Here however, I have seen a lot of pushy behavior from boats. I really think some of the whales are okay with humans getting in to swim with them however if they clearly are on the move then it’s disrespectful. We leave these whales and head toward Northwest Point. I spot something in the water that I think might be trash and we go to pick it up. As we get near, we see it’s a bird with a very long tail sitting on the water. As we turn to go it flys off showing it’s beautiful long tail. I realize it’s a Tropic Bird. They always show up at this time of year to nest and have their babies. The rest of the year they stay over the ocean.

As I’m looking out at the horizon, I see some black shapes that look like big dolphins. We have seen these before. They are actually Pilot whales. They are very shy and we don’t get very close. Just as we are thinking we should start heading back there are two big blows right near our boat! Then two big Humpbacks swim past us and keep going. We decide it’s time to head in. I’m sorry I didn’t see Bo and Whizzer but, we certainly had a great day!

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 10, 2017

NOAA Didn’t Fake environmental data

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 9, 2017

Plum Island Salisbury Beach getting whacked live beach cam.

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 8, 2017

Thursday’s fast moving coastal Storm, Bill Ryan report.

A fast moving coastal storm will affect Cape Cod (as well as NYC, CT and RI) on Thursday.

Low pressure is expected to form today over VA, then intensify rapidly offshore south of Cape Cod during the day Thursday. Because this storm will still be in the process of strengthening as it passes SE of Cape Cod, and it will exit very quickly late Thursday, the wind and sea effects will be less than the usual big storm. In addition, the moon phase is waxing gibbous, short of a full moon, so tides not as high as they could be.

Precipitation will begin as rain Thursday morning on the Cape then switch over to snow. Heavy snow is expected during Thursday afternoon, roughly 1-5 pm. Snow will taper off and end near midnight. Strong winds might get us close to the blizzard threshold although no Blizzard Watches are out at this time.

Winds will back to the ENE by early afternoon and quickly ramp up to near gale force. On the good side, wind direction will continue to back through the day becoming NNW by roughly 7 pm. High tide is late morning on Thursday so that helps a bit to limit erosion. On the other hand, strong NW winds will continue through Thursday night and into Friday morning. NW facing beaches will bear the brunt of this storm.

The most interesting aspect of this storm relates to snowfall type and amount.
Due to the timing of the strong pressure drop expected with this storm, it is likely that the bulk of the snow will be associated with 1 or 2 very strong snowbands. Hard to predict the location, timing and speed of these bands until a few hours out. As a result, be sure to check the very latest forecasts for snow amounts as they will be changing.
Also, the nature of the storm also suggests “fluffier” than usual (for the Cape) snow which will inflate snow amounts.
Although winds start ENE, they will likely be more NNE during the day leading to “Cape effect” snow adding to the amount from Wellfleet southward.

And one last thing: Listen for thundersnow during the afternoon Thursday.

“Whatever truth drops on, it eventually grinds it to a
powder.” Art Blakey

Posted by: coastlinesproject | February 8, 2017

Turks Dolphin report:

JoJo Taxi Service Day
Hi All, We come out on the water hoping that the forecast will prove wrong. The predictions is for thunderstorms. We have brought a great horse friend from Tennessee with us. She has been coming for a number of years and met JoJo a few times. She’s dying to see Whizzer. She’s dedicated her whole life to animals, primarily to horses so she gets my passion. We see two huge catamaran motor boats coming our way. There are people in the back looking into the water on the first boat. The second boat is following closely behind. A sure sign of JoJo in their wake. He is there alright! We follow along waiting for them to go somewhere he doesn’t want to go! He gets a little behind and changes to the second boat’s wake. We still bide our time. Success! They turn into Leeward and JoJo comes to us. He stays in our wake until Half Moon beach then branches for some serious fishing. This can take some time. Dolphins eat about 20 pounds of fish a day. When he fishes in this area he isn’t crater fishing, he is chasing after fish. It’s easy to tell because when he dives he uses his tail to propel him down. Just like whales this gets this gets him deeper in the water. If you are watching whales and you see their tail (fluke) they are about to do a deep dive and you probably won’t see them for a good twenty minutes. With JoJo he will pop up pretty far away from his spot of entry. We keep a close watch so we don’t lose sight of him. This is not a good time to swim with him because he’s flying through the water in hot pursuit of fish. A tour boat comes along with scores of people all hanging out of the boat trying to get a glimpse of JoJo. He can’t resist. He has to put on a show. They are all dancing around the boat, hooting and hollering (rum punch will do that to you). Soon, they have all checked, “seeing the dolphin” off their to-do list and we are left alone with JoJo. He now wants to head to Pine Cay. He branches off before we reach the end of the island. He is milling around and this may be a good time to get in with him. I slip in and he comes right up. Melanie hops in and he starts heading out toward the reef. I think he wants to fish more. We lose sight of him. I’m hoping we will find him again and perhaps the others will be joining him. However those storms that were predicted are heading our way and we’re off dodge the rain!

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