UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Panel explores how to turn tide against beach erosion

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Panel explores how to turn tide against beach erosion

Can seawater be stopped from further eroding shoreline beaches in Connecticut and eventually claiming developed land? That was the question that prompted a nearly three-hour discussion in Penfield Pavilion Monday night, as state legislators and residents at Fairfield Beach talked about beach erosion, flooding, severe weather and the rise in sea levels. The discussion, moderated by state Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, also touched on whether regulatory hurdles to building erosion-control structures were too time-consuming. First Selectman Michael Tetreau said Fairfield's beaches are a "phenomenal" resource for recreation and that a lot of the town's infrastructure is located in the beach area. He said solutions to beach erosion and flooding could include adding sand to town beaches, planting beach grass and better dune control. "Some of the solutions are not that complex," he said. READ MORE:

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