CHATHAM – Wind, waves, currents and erosion will combine to turn Chatham’s barrier beach, North Beach Island, into a boomerang-shaped spit of sand by 2045, a study by Applied Coastal Research predicts.
It was one of the findings that John Ramsey, of the Mashpee-based environmental consultancy firm, explained at a June 27 public forum following completion of a $250,000 study of the east-facing shoreline the town had contracted.
Using present and future condition computer modeling, Applied Coastal was able to review what is going on now and predict what will happen in the next 25 years.
The north inlet, separating North (Nauset) Beach from North Beach Island, has been migrating south since it was created by a breach in 2007, said Ramsey.
“The North Beach Island is basically falling apart as we see it and that inlet just starts migrating to the south because it has nothing holding it in place,” he said. (read more)
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