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Northeast Regional Ocean Council
Coastal Hazards Resilience | Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC)
Stephen Dickson, Maine Geological Survey
Living Shorelines Group | Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC)
Steve Dickson, Maine Geological Society
"This has been an unusual summer," said Stephen Dickson, a marine geologist with the Maine Geological Survey.
"I don't recall in 20 years this being quite as popular a topic. There's certainly been a lot of discussion." That discussion may continue well into the Labor Day weekend, traditionally the last big beach weekend in Maine. Dickson said king tides - especially high tides, sometimes 2 or 3 feet higher than average - in the past week are remobilizing seaweed that is likely to wash ashore just in time for the holiday weekend. REVISITING BEACH MAINTENANCE The increase in seaweed stems from four factors: wind direction, spring tides, neap tides and surf. Spring tides - which have the largest range and occur around the full and new moons - create high water levels that can move seaweed from rocky shores, setting the wrack free to wash onto sandy beaches. There were many days in July with high water levels, Dickson said. Dickson said a period of moderate waves in mid-July may have aided in stranding seaweed on the beach just as the tidal range was declining, leaving seaweed lingering high on beaches for days.
Marine geologists with the Maine Geological Survey, under MDOC, now are evaluating potential consequences from Hurricane Irene in terms of coastal flooding and coastal erosion and advising other state organizations, according to Stephen Dickson, MGS marine geologist.
"This is the Patriot's Day storm of April 2007 all over again, with a shorter duration and stronger wind," Dickson said Friday. "We now are evaluating potential beach erosion damage in comparison to past storms." The marine geologist described the storm has bringing an unusually high tide of 11 feet, accompanied by a storm surge of 2 feet, plus high winds and rogue, or large, solitary, waves that could do extensive damage to vulnerable sections of Maine's coast. Dickson listed potential damage in Saco, particularly Camp Ellis, as one site facing serious consequences. There also could be some bank erosion, slope failures and potentially small landslides occurring along the coast or river banks due to flooding and several inches of rainfall, Dickson said. "We are expecting moderate beach erosion that will be similar to some of the past nor'easters," the marine geologist said. Dickson said monitoring already is under way at Popham Beach State Park in Phippsburg. The MGS geologists have close ties with local governments and shoreline organizations and also are working statewide to provide information and scientific resources for recovery in the hurricane's aftermath, Dickson said.
The new beach already was beginning to form, and while it still will be narrow this spring at high tide, the summer beach area will be "better than last year with the promise of being spectacular by the summer of 2012," Stephen Dickson, marine geologist with the Maine Geological Survey, said Thursday.
"There will be more beach-blanket space," Dickson promised, adding that it "ends the threat of erosion to the new bathhouses." There had been other big winter storms working at the breach, but that storm, followed by a period of extended high tides, "let the low spot deepen into a full channel and set a new direction for the Morse River in about a week's time," as state geologists had predicted, Dickson explained. Such a major shift in a river channel "is extremely rare in Maine, and for Popham Beach might occur once in every 20 to 30 years," Dickson said. He described Popham Beach as "the most dynamic beach in the state" because of the Morse River's movement.