...of the world as we know it! Well not quite, but the great beach breaks from south bethany straight on through 5th street are about to go to crap. It has taken years to wash the sand away that has has exposed the groins and given some great waves over the past couple of years. but all good things must end and in september, the core is going to dredge one of the biggest beach replenishments ever done in the states right here delaware. but check this out. middlesex refused to dredge, soooo, i don't know if they are going to leave a cove there or what, but it could get an interesting wave there if they just leave middlesex out...think about it??? and if I recall correctly, last time they dredged in b-town, north oc reaped the benefits and gladly excepted all the sand as it started washing down towards fenwick. and, rehoboth and has started coming back to life from their recent replenishment. good on ya mate! yin-yan bad and good, waves and no waves!
its so frustrating seeing that stretch of beach be a waste land of absolutely no surf b/c of dredging there. We have a house in Bethany and its painful heading into OC when you think of what could be in your front yard. Sounds like its going to get worse.
Yeah... we got the big SUCK mid OC in the fall... and it does suck. For a little while anyway, but if your like me you'll be impressed how fast mother nature will fight back. Be careful though it'll be stupid shallow the first few good swells.
yeah i hate to be a stickler douchebag but it's not called dredging its called "beach fill" or the the title i used, anyway it usually makes the waves suck, they do it in jersey all the time but not the strip where i live thankfully, it really messed up monmouth county but some spots like ocean city and atlantic city recovered quicker, good luck and fight them if you want, the lbi project was delayed for a while and not completly done because people lobbied against it
We dont know how the beaches would react. It may mean that it will be a sick shorey, or more sand at another spot which could make that spot aweasome. The sand will move where it wants. Bethany is stupid because the sand will just wash away again.
I think a lot of time with the beach replenishments, the breaks initially are made worse, because there's a lot of loose sand moving around. The loose sand, rather than the solid bottom, is worse for good breaking waves.
Take a look at main stretch of beach in rehoboth with their beach replenishment a year or two ago. That place got ruined. They used to have a decent wave break off the jetties, but last summer (I haven't been there since then) it would go from real deep to shallow all of a sudden and the surf would just surge on shore - making for terrible surf.
Beach replenish may not be good for the surf, but were not going to be able to aviod it in a lot of areas. Bethany will continue to get replenished every so often or else it will be become our next sandbar! The beach/tourist industry is too profitable to let that happen.
The dirty secret in beach replenishment is that although there is more beach area for tourons to sit on, there is nowhere safe for them to go play in the water due to the steep, powerful, shorebreak. I have been told by guards (but not seen statistics) that after replenishment, the number of beach injuries goes way up.
I am suprised that noone (that I know of) with a serious shorebreak injury has yet sued a munincipality for creating the hazardous conditions that caused the injury. Something the Bethany local gov't ought to be thinking about...
the injuries go up alot according to the RBP website injury count each year. I did a report on the negative effects of beach replenishment and the alternatives for my research essay this semester. personally im all for an artificial reef... a fraction of the cost, proven to work and they can build them to create good surf.
that makes sense that the beach replenishment leads to more injuries, due to creating more shore break type surf.
An artificial reef is a really interesting idea.
Rather than building the groins and jetties, which really aren't very successful in preventing overall beach erosion, it sounds logical to build some sort of structure offshore.
Breakwaters serve this purpose, but block all waves (which is no good for us obviously). There is a breakwater in front of the Delaware Bay, which blocks a lot of surf into the Bay area.
It would be interesting to see how effective an artifical reef could be in slowing beach erosion. Maybe the artificial reefs could be used in conjunction with the beach replenishment. The project of course should be coordinated with the Surfrider Foundation, so that perfect, hollow A frames are created as well!
Do you really think that the government would have enough care to actually consider surfing for something like that. The quickest and cheapest way to do something is their way. And that way they have more money for the war, you see, its win-win for them to dredge. Dredging is fairly inexpensive compared to reefing (other than sinking an old decrepid ship with a ton of TNT). The larger beach means more tourists and that means more money for the economy. As for us were just some degenerates floating around on a fiberglassed peice of foam, that all to gov't sees us for. And i thank got for the Surfrider Foundation keeping what we have here, just dont expect the gov,t to go into out pockets for surfers...ever.
On the brighter side. Had fun with last weeks swell, and cant wait for some offshore hurricanes. Its just around the corner. NO MORE 6/4 w/ booties ang gloves. HOT days and board short WOOO HOOOO