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Martha's Vineyard
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Edgartown, MA 02539

Update on Chappy Erosion, Ship Wreck and Wasque (Swan Pond) Erosion

Jan 16

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1/16/2011 12:00 AM  RssIcon

The Christmas weekend storm has wreaked more havoc on Chappybeaches particularly the area between the old tire deflation lot andWasque Point. More than 20 feet of beach was lost at the site of theformer deflation lot and the ocean is now less than 150 feetfrom Jerry & Sue Wack's house. The road from what was thedeflation lot has all but disappeared with only the very lower portionremaining. Currently the only way to access the Chappy side ofNorton Point Beach is on foot from the bathing beach parking lot,and that may not even be possible at high tide. The Trustees haveremoved all of their signage from the lot and the Foster SilvaMemorial rock has been moved back to the Wasque guard house.The seaward end of the lot is being washed over almost daily and isfilling with seaweed and sand as well as debris from the remainingbluff which is only about 30 feet from the edge of the lot. WasquePoint itself has been reduced in size and there is absolutely no dunebetween Wasque and what was once Metcalf's Hole. Much of thesand has been pushed inland and there is very little left to the SwanPond. The entire area including much of East Beach is filled withdebris coming off of the bluffs. Accelerating the problem is thefact that the Katama side of Norton Point is continuing it's marcheastward and starting to parallel the Chappy side. This has createda 100 yard sluiceway which funnels the water out of EdgartownHarbor directly toward the southwest corner of Chappy which istaking the biggest hit.See aerial views directly below comparing the Water line from theSummer of 2008 to the current water line in December 2010. Click Here for the Full Story with Photos.

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