Is there a relationship between pond opening and bluff erosion on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts?

Wesley N. Tiffney, Clinton Andrews

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Abstract

In 1981, the Nantucket Conservation Commision, acting under the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act, stopped the long-term practice of opening large coastal ponds to the sea on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Movement of shoals off Nantucket's eastern shore may have resulted in deeper water near beaches, allowing higher wave energies to strike the coast. We propose this as the reason for increased erosion of the Sankaty bluff, not loss of sand contributed by opening Sesachacha Pond. The only effective solution to the present problem is to move endangered structures off the bluff and, through educational programs, or intervention by regulatory agencies, insure that these dangerous and inappropriate sites are not developed in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages3760-3772
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes
EventCoastal Zone '89: Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management - Charleston, SC, USA
Duration: Jul 11 1989Jul 14 1989

Other

OtherCoastal Zone '89: Proceedings of the Sixth Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management
CityCharleston, SC, USA
Period7/11/897/14/89

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering

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