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CONSERVATION
 

The CONSERVATION page is a sub page from the PROTECT page and one of the most important pages on GurnetSaquish.com.  There are a number of critically important local non profit groups that play a critical role in the preservation of marine wetlands and coastal dune areas.  These groups include the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc., the Jones River Landing Environmental Heritage Center, MassacSavehusetts Audubon Society and the New England Acquarium.  Other groups concerned about the safety of the Pilgrim nuclear power station and it's impact on the environment include Pilgrim Watch and The Pilgrim Coalition.

Learn about these groups, support their efforts, and watch important environmental videos on the CONSERVATION page.






Eelgrass Study

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has been mapping eel grass along the coast.  Click HERE to view the eel grass map for Saquish Head and Clarks Island.  Select the button at left to visit the DEP.


Beach Grass Planting

The foremost authority on beach rejuvenation and conservation is the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. which has commissioned numerous studies regarding the conservation of Duxbury Beach.  One of those studies can be found HERE regarding dune replenishment and beach grass planting.



Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. preservation projects include geological studies which measure beach movement.  They've also funded a three year study to identify the beach's vegetation, animals and invasive species.  Dune nourishment and a recently installed cobble berm along the Duxbury Bay side of the beach are among their ongoing and recent projectsLearn more about the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. when you select the button at left.  Buy the Duxbury Beach Book when you select the button on the right.  All proceeds go directly to the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Inc. 





SORT TRASH Separate returnables, non returnable bottles and cans, paper goods and garbage to limit your footprint.  If composting be aware that food scraps will attract skunks and other critters.  Make lists for off beach items and limit your trips up and down the beach along with your foot print.


HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP OFF

South Shore Recycling Cooperative member towns host household hazardous product collections.  For more information call the South Shore Recycling Cooperative at 781-269-5314, or click HERE.



Garbage is a huge concern for GurnetSaquish residents and trucking it off beach is a messy and smelly job.  There are opportunities for residents to drop off hazardous waste without going all the way to Plymouth during certain special events but for many of us the best option is the Plymouth Transfer Station on Long Pond Road.  Find directions, hours, and other details at left.


                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Se
a oats should be planted in the Spring following instructions explained HERE in an article by the University of Florida.  Community leaders organize annual plantings and you should reach out to them for more details on how you can pitch in.  This button links to a nursery featuring a video tutorial on planting.  Make sure you are purchasing indigenous sea oats and that you're planting them above the mean high water mark.  Plant them to capture blowing sand to build dunes.




Those of us who grew up "mossing" remember the folks at East Coast Fence.  We encourage you to connect with them if you're looking to purchase snow fence to capture blowing sand especially for beach front properties and those nestled amongst the dunes.  Consult neighbors and friends regarding the best way to install this valuable conservation tool.  You can find East Coast Fence when you select the button at left.



EROSION
There are three types of erosion:
1. tidal erosion
2. rain erosion
3. wind erosion

Tidal erosion
Waves move across the beach on a slight angle and create a circular, corkscrew type of current.  This current is known as longshore current or longshore drift.  The strength of this current and its ability to move larger and larger grains of sand is dependent on the strength of the wind.  As the grains are carried downstream the beach is eroded away.  To combat this process engineers have devised a number of countermeasures including jetties and groins.  And while these man-made structures tend to improve "collection" at the target area adjoining areas erode even more quickly than they did before man interjected himself into the picture.  More progress has been made with approaches that appear to be less drastic than stone groins.  They include nylon and other weaved bags or sacks of rocks and sediment placed on a gradual grade rather than a wall placed at 90 degrees to the beach.  The action of these less obtrusive sea "walls" is to undermine the built-in kinetic energy of the waves.  The rule seems to be less is more when it comes to sea walls.    

Rain erosion
The issue at the "Point" and the "Head" is slowing the erosion caused by rain fall.  There was a point when both areas were hills with steep slopes rather than cliffs.  Building stone walls to fight the effects of rain can be effective as long as there is appropriate management of rainfall.  It has to go somewhere and there needs to be a system which will carry the rainfall from behind the wall so that it doesn't compromise the integrity of the structure and cause it to slide down the face of the cliff it is intended to protect.

Wind erosion
Heavy winds will carry sand grains and provided there is a means to catch them deposit them to rebuild dunes.  Snow fencing and sea oats have been proven to be the most effective and naturally beautiful solutions to date.

The community faces all of these threats yearly and while they may not directly affect your property they must be addressed by community leaders.  Please give to support their efforts and check with them before initiating any erosion control program on your own.  Share your comments here.







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