Beach Residents Concerned In an effort to jumpstart discussions on how to prevent beach erosion in Connecticut, members of the Fairfield Beach Residents Association’s Erosion Committee recently took state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty and other state officials on a walking tour of the local beachfront.
“We’re trying to figure out what we can do to help the beaches,” said Kathy Strachan, chairwoman of the committee. “People want to be able to come to a beach and have sand, not rocks.”
Conservation District Celebrates 50 Years In the 1930s, the Great Plains’ prairielands were devastated by an ecological disaster after a severe drought. The region’s soil began eroding and blowing away in dark, mammoth clouds, causing dust storms, blocking the sun and swallowing the prairieland. The Dust Bowl stretched across American soil from as far south as Texas and as far east as New York.
Hugh Hammond Bennett, the ‘father of conservation,’ became a nationally-known pioneer for soil preservation during the Dust Bowl. In 1962, the board of commissioners established Pennsylvania’s 59th conservation district in Clearfield County.
This year, the Clearfield County Conservation District is celebrating 50 years of preserving and protecting the county’s soil and water, while also educating the residents about the importance of these natural resources.
New Jersey Town Seeks Solution The borough of Oakland, New Jersey, has a major erosion problem, but it’s unclear what solution will help stave it off, or even who’s responsible.
Ten homes sitting near the Ramapo River have lost significant portions of their yards due to major erosion. The city fears that very soon, the septic fields of the homes may become exposed, forcing the city to condemn the houses.
Residents believe the erosion issues were caused by increased runoff from a housing development upstream and a highway project downstream.