Beach Grass Planting Fueled by Community Roots

Nearly 80 volunteers gathered at Lobsterville Beach Saturday morning to take part in dune restoration efforts led by the Natural Resources Group of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

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The Changing Island Face: A Storm’s Surgical Srike
Rachel Orr

Usually the brush is so think this time of year one can hardly bushwhack from the shore to the remnants of the Menemsha Hills brickworks.

These aren’t usual days.

Now one just has to watch for all the debris and driftwood littering the downed brush when walking from the beach to the brickworks.

Behind the brickworks and to its sides the brush remains green and virulent. But Hurricane Bob leveled the vegetation directly before the former factory.

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The Golden Glory of Poverty Grass
Suzan Bellincampi

French Impressionist Edgar Degas was a great painter, but I have reason to doubt that he could fully appreciate a New England beach in early June.  

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Islanders Take Fresh Look At Age-Old Beach Threats
Mark Alan Lovewell

Some Island beaches are getting plenty of attention.

Over a hundred volunteers gathered on the Oak Bluffs side of the Joseph Sylvia State Beach on Saturday morning to plant beach grass, part of an ongoing effort to stabilize one of the most popular beaches on the Island.

Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to come back to South Beach and to Chappaquiddick for a large-scale cleanup of leftover World War I and World War II ordnance. Their work will begin April 1, according to Chris Kennedy of The Trustees of Reservations.

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Eroding Bluff Threatens Scenic Drive Along East Chop; Repairs Are Needed
Jim Hickey

An engineering report examining the stability of scenic East Chop Drive in Oak Bluffs concludes the fragile coastal slope is extremely unstable and showing signs of distress and imminent failure.

The eight-page draft report from the firm of Stearns and Wheler recommends that the town repair the bluff as quickly as possible by both reshaping the coastal bank and installing stabilizing materials such as a concrete block system, heavy riprap, sheet piling or a specially designed mechanically stabilized earth wall.

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Footprints in the Sand at Squibnocket, Where Great Dunes Hug Endless Shore
Peter Brannen

Passing through the second electronic security-armed gate on the way to Squibnocket it begins to dawn on you: This place is important.

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