I’ve been uploading picture onto a beaches album. It took a couple years but I finally started to understand what the coastal academics and surfers have been trying to say about the beaches. They’re dynamic. I grew up going to the New Jersey beaches every summer. I just assumed what they were doing there with the Jetties and everything made sense, as far as protecting the environment and tourism. Now I’m learning that New Jersey is jargon for destroying beaches with seawalls, groins – any kind of hard structure. Beaches and inlets move and adapt – they need space.
It’s depressing to see what a mess is being made of the beaches all over the world. But heartening to see North Carolina trying to avoid losing their beaches – and here’s a way to save some public money for useful pursuits..
This article has some nice illustrations about what seawalls do.
The presence of groins can drastically alter the shape of an island. These groins at Cape May, N.J., have created pockets of sand along the beach. By holding the sand that would have gone to the downdrift beach in the distance, the groins have caused its deep, U-shaped profile, a setback of nearly 3/4 mile.
It’s called Newjerseyization, and it’s spreading. The label was coined by coastal geologists to describe what happened to the beaches in the Garden State. They washed away in front of walls built years ago to protect beachfront property.