Post-Irene Report

I love Irene, God knows I do
I’ll love her till the seas run dry
And if Irene turns her back on me
I’d take morphine and die

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I’ll see you in my dreams

You cause me to weep, you cause me to mourn
You cause me to leave my home
But the very last words I heard her say
Was “Please sing me one more song”

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I’ll see you in my dreams

–  Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter

While we’re not as sad as Lead Belly to see Irene go, we will oblige her with one more song:

Although it appears that coastal erosion from Tropical Storm Irene was not as bad on the Cape as initially feared, south-facing beaches in the region did experience significant erosion.  One of our beach nourishment and constructed dune projects, and a favorite spot for many Falmouth residents, was in her line of fire, as it were, so we headed down there to check things out for ourselves.

The scarps on the dunes were between one and four feet high, and we observed that the wave action had taken upwards of 20 linear feet of beach.  The soft solution (dune restoration and beach replenishment) at Menauhant Beach was constructed in an area where hard engineering structures are not appropriate, nor permissible under the Massachusetts Wetlands Regulations.  Erosion of the beach and dune was expected under increased water levels and wave activity caused by tropical storms and hurricanes like Irene.  In this case the soft solution acted as a buffer to the damaging forces of the storm, protecting upland areas from flooding and wave action.

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