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GOOD HARBOR BEACH SLAMMED AGAIN WITH STORM DAMAGE – CAN THE PIPING PLOVERS SURVIVE OFF-LEASH DOGS AND HISTORIC HIGH TIDES?

Good Harbor Beach was slammed hard again by yesterday’s April storm. The high tide was hitting the edge of the dune, with more water surging through the openings in the dunes, dumping sand several feet deep ten feet down the boardwalks.

Half the Piping Plover signs were were buried in the sand, as well as the ropes.

The DPW was on the scene digging out the snack bar boardwalk, beach entrance #2.

Fresh dog and owner tracks on the dune side of the fence. Why?? Our beaches are in trouble folks. Please keep off the dunes.With so many dogs and people trampling the Piping Plovers nesting area over the weekend, followed by the fierce storm and historic high tides, I wonder if the PiPl will even return to the nesting area. A total of five had been here since April 3rd (what appear to be two nesting pairs and one bachelor) but I could only find one lone male this morning.

 

CHECK OUT GLOUCESTER’S DPW PHIL CUCURU SHOWING EXTENSIVE STORM EROSION: GOOD HARBOR BEACH RESTORATION UPDATE

Thank you to Phil Cucuru for the Good Harbor Beach information and news of restoration plans to begin soon, after the public school’s April vacation. During the week when the school children are off premises, the DPW turns its attention to the school buildings and grounds. As soon as vacation is over the DPW will be resume work at Good Harbor Beach and all the Gloucester Beaches.

We lost about three to four feet –in depth– from Good Harbor Beach (Wingaersheek, as well). As you can see in the above photo, Phil is pointing to where the sand came up to the #3 sign prior to the March storms. This is why the tide is coming in so high and so close to the bluffs, and why the big rock has become even more exposed.

Up until the March storms, the metal fence posts were nearly completely buried beneath sand that had built up, with only about 3 inches protruding above the sand. Now they are completely exposed, with a sheer bluff, rather than a gently sloping dune.

Plans have been in place since last year to restore the dune fencing this coming summer! I was so happy to hear this update about the dunes from Phil because the fencing helps to create areas of vegetation on the beach, at the base of the bluffs, and fencing helps to keep people and pets out of the dunes and from trampling the fragile habitat, especially the wildflowers and beach grass so necessary for a strong, healthy, and vital dune ecosystem.

All three boardwalk accesses to the beach were severely damaged. Believe it or not, the storm surge was so strong, it broke away huge sections of the boardwalks, and pushed them twenty and thirty feet back into the dunes. Boardwalk number two is nearly destroyed, which is especially frustrating because the DPW completely redid boardwalk #2, and made wider for handicap accessibility, last spring. The surging ocean water poured all kinds of debris into the dunes as well, and widened the walkways onto the beach. Phil said that in twenty years of working for the DPW he has never seen the likes of the March nor’easters and, with that, such extensive damage to Gloucester beaches.

Phil measuring for repairs.

Good Harbor Beach footbridge torn from its footings and in the marsh.

The day before the first nor’easter Phil and fellow crew members added steel braces to help shore up the bridge but unfortunately, nothing was safe from the power of the late winter storms. Plans too are being developed to repair the footbridge, with the goal of full restoration by Memorial Day weekend.

Thanks again to Phil Cucuru for the updates, so glad to hear the good news!

 

 

ROCK ON GLOUCESTER’S DPW MICHAEL SILVA AND JOHN HARRIS -By Kim Smith

Shout out to Gloucester DPW’s Michael Silva and John Harris. This morning they removed all the rocks that were blocking the drainage pipe on Atlantic Road, near the Grapevine Road intersection. The rocks had been pushed into the drain by the March nor’easters.

MAYOR SEFATIA AND THE DPW CREWS GETTING THE JOB DONE! #GLOUCESTERMA NOR’EASTER

GLOUCESTER DPW’S MIKE AND PHIL GETTING GOOD HARBOR BEACH IN TIP-TOP SHAPE WITH NEW BOARDWALK AND BRIDGE REPAIRS

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If you see these two at Good Harbor Beach, tell them thanks for the terrific job they did on the new handicap accessible boardwalk. Additionally, this morning, they were making needed repairs to the footbridge. Thanks so much to Phil and Mike and all of Gloucester’s DPW for getting Gloucester beaches ready and in tip-top shape for the coming Memorial Day weekend.

Gloucester Motif Monday: conservation inspiration. Roger Babson, Sarah Fraser Robbins, Sarah Evans, Philip Weld JR

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 Babson

Reservoir

and Sanctuary

[Eleven hundred and fifty acres]

THIS RESERVOIR, WATERSHED, AND

RESERVATION ARE FOR THE PEOPLE

OF GLOUCESTER, THE LAND HAVING

BEEN GIVEN IN MEMORY OF MY

FATHER AND MY GRANDFATHER WHO

ROAMED OVER THESE ROCKY HILLS–

THEY HAD THE VISION THAT SOME

DAY IT SHOULD BE CONSERVED FOR

THE USES OF THE CITY AND AS

AN INSPIRATION TO ALL LOVERS

OF GOD AND NATURE

-ROGER W BABSON, 1931

There are examples of land preservation, but featuring a watershed in 1931? Isn’t it wonderful! If you haven’t seen it in a while, it’s worth a close look. I believe that it has definitely inspired many in Gloucester. 

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DPW HQ on Poplar

 

THE FIRST CLEAN HARBOR SWIM

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1979

 

Thank you to Deborah Cramer and Dan Greenbaum for sharing this memory and finding this Gloucester Daily Times article! This trio’s swim inspired Cape Ann’s Year of the Coast led by MassAudubon the following summer.

Related posts:

8/13/16, race above same day: And they’re back

8/13/16, Celebrate Clean Harbor Swim, and they’re off

8/12/16 Gloucester’s Clean Harbor: H2O No No’s are in the past – some history of the swim

8/10/16 Accclaimed writer, Gloucester resident, and one of the trio that inspired the Clean Harbor Swim Sarah Fraser Robbins excerpt ( the title of her classic book The Sea is All About Us was a nod to Gloucester summer resident TS Eliot’ Four Quartets)

8/6/16 litter 1978 Crackdown at the quarries 

8/4/16 history of the swim and news about 2016 Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim

RIO WATERS CAN GET BETTER! THANKS TO DOGGED NATURALISTS, WE CAN PUT OUR HEADS UNDER WATER IN GLOUCESTER. REGISTER NOW FOR THE AUGUST 13 CLEAN HARBOR SWIM

Stacy Boulevard construction update. Gloucester DPW is impressive

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The big infrastructure work along the western side of the Boulevard is 80% complete

and on track to meet its October 1st heavy construction milestone. The finish line –opening to the public– will come soon after. Seasons of activity have continued these past 15 months with little disruption.

The eastern end of the Boulevard was refurbished after the Blizzard of 1978.  The current project encompasses the western side and chugged forward once the green light cleared in May of 2015. (The planning and quest for funding began years before, as in 1999) This is huge! It’s Gloucester harbor and one of the world’s beautiful promenades.

So what’s been happening? Mike Hale said that the seawall has been restored; the sidewalks are being reconstructed; a low stone wall removed and rebuilt; railing test pieces installed; light bases installed for new lights (there weren’t any lights before); and more. Landscape features and framing are on the plans to be built out next month. The island side of Blynman will come next. 

This project isn’t the only game in town for this department. DPW manages to keep all the balls in the air. They are impressive!

 

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SWAN, DUCKLING, AND PLOVER UPDATE AND HUGE SHOUT OUT TO THE GLOUCESTER DPW UNDER THE DIRECTION OF JOE LUCIDO FOR DOING A TREMENDOUS JOB CLEANING OUR BEACHES

Piping Plover with garbage plastic bottle pollution copyright Kim SmithLandscape design work is keeping me away from beloved film projects (although I do love my work no doubts). I did mange this morning to go to Good Harbor Beach to check on the Piping Plovers, to Henry’s to see Mr. Swan, and to the marsh for the ducklings. There were two plovers awakening in the little GHB cordoned off sanctuary, feeding and chasing away intruders. Mr. Swan was chilling at Henry’s, and the three sweet duckling families I have been filming don’t appear to have lost any additional members.

Spending time at Good Harbor Beach filming the plovers before the beach has been cleaned has certainly been an eye opener. Although not even officially summer yet, every morning at daybreak I find the beach littered with an astonishing amount of plastic bottles, trash, food, and plastic bags. According to Rose Piccolo at the DPW, the cleanup crew arrives around 7am and typically has the beaches cleaned by 8:30am. They do a really truly phenomenal job of making our beaches look pristine and attractive before the 9am opening.

A most sincere thank you to Joe Lucido and the Gloucester DPW for a job well done.

Sleepy Mr. Swan- hard work defending his territory from the new swans on the scene.

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O’Maley PTO, Gloucester Gardeners Club and Gloucester DPW Team Up To Beautify The O’Maley entrance

Debra Lucey and Christine Leveille forward-

Thanks to the O’Maley PTO for the beautiful benches, Gloucester Gardening Club for the planters and flowers and DPW for the cleanup and removal of cement lights.  The O’Maley entrance looks great!

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GloucesterCast 117 Taped 2/16/15 With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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GloucesterCast 117 Taped 2/16/15 With Guests Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith, Donna Ardizzoni, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Coping Strategies For Winter Depression or How To Avoid Committing Suicide When You Hear That There May Be Two More Storms This Week, GMG Snow Shoveler Project, The Outrage Over The MBTA Head, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament Is On!, Sherman Morss Coyote Pack Photos On Eastern Point, Lawmakers Ruining The American Way- The Movement To Ban Sledding and Yoga Pants, Pinoli Reverts To Alchemy, Foreign Affairs Has Reopened, Duckworth’s For Valentine’s Day, Poll- When With The Stage Fort Snow Farm Be Gone?, Freedom Boat Club, Kudos To Mike Hale and The Gloucester DPW, Smart TVs Ditching Traditional Cable, Kim Smith Amaretto Truffles

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