Sunday, February 03, 2008

Point Wilson

The northern shore of Point Wilson is looking pretty ragged. A legacy of defensive actions and good intentions have segmented a once continuous beach and dunes into a fraying edge of rocky headlands and eroding pockets. Riprap protecting battery Kinzie, three (sometimes only two are visible) mismatched groins built in the 1980s, and the rock fortress around the northern side of the lighthouse, have mucked up natural sediment transport patterns along the beach and between the beach and the dunes. I suspect this beach is far less resilient to future erosion and rising sea levels than in its original condition. Point Wilson could use some serious rethinking! It will require looking at the whole point, not just the lighthouse or the parking lot.

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