Presque Isle Officials on Sand Replenishment
It was confirmed this week that Presque Isle State Park is receiving $1.5 million as part of this year's Army Corps of Engineers work plan.
The money will be used for beach nourishment and sand replenishment as part of Presque Isle's ongoing fight against erosion.
Lowering water levels and good ice coverage this past year have contributed to the beaches needing less help before the summer months than recent years.
Park Operations Manager Matt Greene explains, “The beaches are probably in better condition than they've been in the last four-ish years because of high water. We're starting to trend down which makes the beaches seem much bigger as the water levels drop.”
Some sand will be brought to beach 5, which acts as a feeder for beaches 6, 7, and 8, providing them with sand because of westerly and northwesterly winds.
Unfortunately the park will likely have to continue this process in the years ahead because the natural source of sand for Presque Isle has largely been cut off by development on the southern shore.
“If we wouldn't have that augmentation of sand on Presque Isle, it would continue to be eroded away, eroded away, eroded away, till we were down to sections of the park that were cut back severely… in geologic years we would reach a time where it would cease to exist at some point if we didn't augment that sand,” says Greene.
This year’s work is expected to begin in late June once the Army Corps of Engineers finalizes their work plan, and it may continue into September.
“We will be moving people around a little bit, closing certain beaches, so we want people to be kind of patient with us,” Green urges. “We're anticipating an end of June start date, so we will be seeing construction through that whole summer season this year.”