Beach Grass Planting today, Saturday 12/13/14 9AM

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after the beautiful sunrise this morning, now its time for you to rise and shine and help plant our share of 250,000 beach grass plants.  (Ok, so that photo isn’t this morning)

bring:

  • Hand shovel
  • Items to keep hands warm
  • Warm Clothes

Town of Hempstead says at TOH Town Beach East Bath House

PLCA say Second/ Middle Beach

close enough, see you there.

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Long Beach To Fight Port Ambrose LNG Facility

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With the threat of a newly revitalized approval process looming, The Long Beach City Council has unanimously decided to officially and publicly oppose the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas project proposed off Long Beach and our Barrier Island.

Long Beach City Council will speak at this public meeting:

Community Meeting – Port Ambrose Resolution Announcement
Monday 12/8/14 7:30pm
Long Beach Public Library,
111 Park Ave. Long Beach, NY 11561

RSVP for The event on facebook here

Click here for the official City of Long Beach web page about their fight against Port Ambrose:

Background:

After similar proposals had been shot down 3 times previous, I had first featured the project in June of 2013
please see our previous posts :

“Liquid Natural Gas Port Off Pt Lookout!?”

And

“LNG: They Said It Couldn’t Happen”

Back then, on very short notice, the sole public hearing was scheduled to coincide with the 4th of July weekend. Public outcry did force the date to a more accessible time a week later.

400 people went to speak against the project. .
25,000 comments were lodged Against the project
17 comments were lodged In Favor of the project.

Sometime shortly after that, the company’s paperwork was so atrocious, the Maritime Administration took the unheard of measure of “stopping the clock” on the project’s approval timeframe, instead of rejecting the project.

The company seems poised to return to continue the process where they left off. Opposition is building once again in anticipation of that.

Can you help plant Dune Grass December 2014?

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Town of Hempstead are seeking volunteers to help replenish dune grass that fortify our storm protection.

Individuals wishing to volunteer should contact the town’s Department of Conservation and Waterways at (516) 431-9200.

Dates : Saturday and Sunday December 13-14, 2014.
I will update with finalized days, times and places when I have the info.

 

From Town of Hempstead :

Hempstead Town Seeks Volunteers to Plant Beach Grass
to Bolster Dunes, Protect Low-Lying Communities

In the spirit of the holiday season, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray is calling on residents to give a gift to our seaside environment. Murray announced that the town is seeking volunteer groups, clubs, individuals and organizations to help plant beach grass along coastal areas in the communities of Point Lookout and Lido Beach on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th. These plants help “harden” existing dunes, which protect beaches against erosion and low-lying communities against tidal storm surges.

“The Town of Hempstead is committed to protecting our seaside communities in the event of extreme-weather events like Superstorm Sandy,” stated Murray. “Planting beach grass will help protect our dunes against erosion and floodwaters, and we hope that many individuals and volunteer organizations will partner with the town on this important project.”

The town has approximately 250,000 American beach grass plants (also known as ammophila breviligulata), and is seeking to plant them at Civic Beach in Point Lookout, Town Park Point Lookout, Lido Beach Town Park, and Lido West Town Park. Groups and individuals wishing to volunteer should contact the town’s Department of Conservation and Waterways at (516) 431-9200.

Beyond combating erosion, the shoreline vegetation can actually help dunes grow in size by trapping sand in its elongated flowering spikes. As sand builds up around the new grass, stems grow higher, and newly sand-covered stems become part of the root structure.

Hempstead Town has built up dunes in seaside communities over several decades, and constant upkeep and repairs have been executed by the town’s Conservation and Waterways Department. And, while these dunes spared local residents from even greater devastation during Superstorm Sandy, they suffered significant erosion.

“We encourage residents to help us plant beach grass on December 13th and 14th,” concluded Murray. “Just a few hours of work can help protect you and your neighbors against storm damage for generations to come.”