‘Summer Seashell Series’ Will Address Quogue Beach Nourishment Questions

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The Save The Dunes and Beaches Foundation, a nonprofit primarily made up of Dune Road homeowners lobbying for an estimated $15 million beach nourishment project targeting the shoreline of Quogue Village, will host three educational forums this summer.

The first is set for Saturday, June 21, at 2 p.m., in Quogue Village Justice Court on Jessup Avenue. According to a press release from Danny Frank, the coordinator for the group, the “Summer Seashell Series” forums will feature various experts who will discuss the benefits of the proposed project.

Aram Terchunian, a coastal geologist at the First Coastal Corporation in Westhampton Beach and an advocate of the project, will moderate a discussion between two coastal specialists: Jay Tanski, a New York Sea Grant coastal processes and facilities specialist from Stony Brook University, and Dr. David Basco, a civil engineer who has developed models of barrier island breaching and a “coastal storm impulse scale,” which measures conditions and circumstances along the shoreline.

Two additional meetings have been scheduled for Saturday, July 19, at 5 p.m., and Saturday, August 16, at 10 a.m., at the same location. Mr. Frank said different panelists will attend each meeting and cover different topics about erosion and beach nourishment. In the release, Mr. Frank noted that copies of all Save The Dunes and Beaches Foundation research and reports are available online at www.quoguebeaches.org, or by request at Quogue Village Hall or the Quogue Public Library.

Mr. Terchunian said the upcoming educational meetings are not required as part of the permitting process; rather, Save The Dunes and Beaches Foundation members wanted to reach out directly to community members to explain their plans.

To date, group members have fronted $100,000 for an application that is still being reviewed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. A sticking point, however, will be how the project will be financed, if and when it secures approval from the Quogue Village Board.

The proposed Quogue Beach Nourishment Project seeks to widen the village’s estimated 2.7-mile stretch of beach by approximately 60 feet. If approved, the project would dredge an estimated 1.1 million cubic yards of sand from the ocean floor about a mile off the coast and redeposit those spoils along the shoreline.

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