|Monday, June 9, 2014|
In My Opinion - Beach Nourishment For Negril Beach
Camp Ellis Beach
"You can see the effects of time and erosion at Camp Ellis Beach, a seaside community in Saco at the mouth of the Saco River. The beach at Camp Ellis is nearly gone, eroded away by natural forces of storms and the man-made forces of the breakwater, or jetty, that juts out into Saco Bay. The disappearing beach has been replaced with an extensive seawall of granite blocks extending northward from the jetty. While you won't find much beach here, you may still enjoy the walk along the long breakwater out to sea." - Quoted from Visit Maine.com at this link: http://www.visitmaine.com/things-to-do/recreation-areas/camp-ellis-beach
"The area of Camp Ellis beach within about 2,500 feet of the jetty has experienced severe erosion over the past several decades, with losses of over 30 homes and property, roadways, and public and private infrastructure." - Quoted from Section 111 Shore Damage Mitigation Project Draft Decision Document and Environmental Assessment Including Finding of No Significant Impact and Section 404(b)(1) Evaluation - Saco River and Camp Ellis Beach, Saco Maine - You can view quoted report at this link: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Portals/74/docs/Topics/CampEllis/MainReportDRAFT.pdf
Google Images of Camp Ellis Breakwater, and surrounding area at this link: https://www.google.com/search?q=camp+ellis+maine+break+water&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=xN-VU9GxG63KsQTkmICQDw&ved=0CEEQ7Ak&biw=1280&bih=626
During my time living there, they dredged and added sand offshore so that the currents would carry it onto the beach, planted dung grass along the beach, made walk ways through the dune grass, and kept people off the dune grass. This did a lot to help beach erosion to a large part of the six mile sandy beach in Saco, and Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough, except where the breakwater was constructed in Camp Ellis.