Hamonnassett Beach Clean Up
In early Fall, there was the International Beach Clean Up
Day. Connecticut beaches are always a
part of this and this year was no exception.
Here are some eager volunteers (along with State Senator Ed Meyer) at
our Sierra Club Hamonnassett Beach clean up. (55 people in total helped out over the three hour clean up!) (photos courtesy of Tom Paul)
Dune Restoration Completion
at Rocky Neck Park
April 2011 By Tom Paul
July 2009, NOAA(National Oceanic
Atmospheric Administration), awarded $1.5 million to Connecticut for two
coastal projects, West River tidal gate replacement in New Haven and Bride
Brook restoration including a new culvert at Rocky Neck State Park in East
Lyme. Bride Brook is the second largest
migrating fish run in the state.
In September 2009 Dune grass was
moved in an area were a new culvert to Bridge Brook was to be built. This grass went to areas near by on the beach
to stabilize the sand dunes. The culvert
was constructed in the fall of 2009. A
photo shows this new culvert on Brides Brook going to the Sound. Last year April 10, 2010 there was another
Dune grass planting to cover the sandy area over the culvert that was
installed. A group of 110 people showed
up to plant 13000 Dune grass shots. April 2, 2011 a final dune grass and beach
shrubs planting completed the project.
Before this work was started Dick
Blumenthal, Joe Courtney, Dan Espy, new DEP administrator, and other attended a
brief ceremony. Joe Courtney and Dan
Espy were on the beach planting dune grass along with about 70 others.
The job took less than two hours to
complete. Members of the Save the Sound
– Connecticut Fund for the Environment, DEP and the Connecticut Chapter of the
Sierra Club were helping at this project.
CCL and Excom member of
Connecticut Chapter and Sound Alliance Member
Photos by Tom Paul