2007-05-18 / Letters

Dunes Are Necessary For Coastline Conservation

Dear Editor,

The Nor'easter of April 15, 2007 proved, yet again, that the Belle Harbor Dunes are fully functional and imperative to the stemming of sand erosion for the coastline of the barrier island we know of as Rockaway.

Most significantly, the smaller baffle dunes performed their protective first defense capably in tandem with the larger dunes. Water, wind, sand and rising tide were kept in check by these marvelous structures and the storm's ravages are actively being regenerated by a dune assisted coast, lunar cycles and diurnal tides.

With these scientific facts in mind, I read with interested the questionable facts of last week's "Letter to the Editor" regarding the dunes.

The writer opined on his interpretation of the "beauty" of the beach at various locations, urged dune supporters to consider a move to Montauk or Arizona and reminded the reader to wear shoes when they go to the beach. A request for like minded individuals to write into The Wave was offered and a geography lesson was supplied to remind the reader that Rockaway is not Cape Cod or North Carolina.

While these assertions were curious, to say the least, they remain unsubstantiated. The scientific and provable facts remain. Namely, the Belle Harbor Dunes in place since 1997 remain fully operational and necessary for coastline conservation. Dunes, widely noted and accepted in the scientific community, are an erosion and coastline saving device which need to be thought of as more than "sandpiles." The writer is urged to seek education, of which there is many a resource, to become informed on coastline conservation, changing weather patterns and tidal warming trends.

Those of us who realize the importance of dunes "simply want to have fun on the beach" too. Dunes insure that we will have enough beach to enjoy for many years to come.


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