Thank you to everyone who joined us last night to learn about the dune restoration project coming up this winter! It was a great opportunity to hear from some experts about the importance of protecting the dunes and the design of the project.
Once everyone had grabbed a glass of their favorite beverage and a cookie, Cris Luttazi, the Reservation’s Executive Director, started us off with a brief look at how the Reservation got where it is today. The short of it is: 100 years of hard work, vital partnerships, and forward-thinking beach restoration projects by a number of dedicated volunteers, including the 31 trustees of today.
Now for a shameless plug – if you are interested in history or anything beach-related, “The Duxbury Beach Book” is a must have (available for purchase on the website). The holidays are coming up!
Next up, coastal geologist and Duxbury Beach Reservation trustee, Jim O’Connell, gave us an overview of barrier beach dynamics including the development and changes that Duxbury Beach has undergone – both natural and human-caused. The Reservation is so fortunate to have field experts, like Jim, to help guide the work on Duxbury Beach.
With the stage set, Andre Martecchini, Principle Engineer at Kleinfelder and Reservation trustee, led us through the details of the project, designed by the environmental, scientific, and engineering consulting organization, Woods Hole Group. The conception and design of the dune work was funded and supported in large part by the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management.
- Work to take place along 3,600’ of dune (between Crossover 1 and 2)
- Raise the dune height to a minimum of 16.5’ NAVD88
- Widen the width of the dune to 40-55’
- Create dune slopes on oceanside and bayside in line with regulations for shorebird habitat and to best protect the barrier beach (1:10 on oceanside and 1:6 on bayside).
Cris came back up to discuss what the impacts would likely be for the public and the residents of Gurnet and Saquish. As always, we appreciate the understanding and support shown by these communities and we strive to keep the beach and back road in tact!
- Project scheduled to take place between December 1 and April 1.
- Periodic closures of Crossovers 1 and 2 depending on the location of work. DBR is working with the town to maintain access to the front beach via at least one of the three crossovers while work is occurring.
- Back road will have limited access, particularly for non Gurnet and Saquish residents. The back road will have limited access hours – in the morning, midday, and the evening. These hours will be shared on DBR social media and via email with our mailing list.
The Reservation will set a schedule with a contractor in the coming weeks and additional information will be distributed after that point. If you want to stay up to date on closures, progress, etc. follow DBR on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Please feel free to reach out to the Reservation via social media or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions!
For more information, check out the slides presented on Sunday! Dune Reception slides.