The HSIA Board has approved a contract with Environmental Systems Analysis, Inc. (ESA) for a comprehensive shoreline study of the Community Beach. The total contract amount is $15,200 and includes data collection, reporting, and conceptual design. ESA will collect information concerning littoral drift, wave energy, boat wake, fetch, currents, weather patterns, and shoreline erosion rates during storm events. Data will be collected both from publications, including from the MD Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and from their own survey of our shoreline over the next year. ESA will report the data findings to the HSIA Board and to the entire community.
ESA will develop several conceptual designs, one of which will be in general the existing beach configuration with minor changes as recommended by ESA. Based on the information collected, conceptual designs will provide suitable shoreline protection while preserving the community's recreational uses and ensuring environmental compatibility. ESA will work with the Beach Committee to develop pros and cons for each design, and will then present these designs for community review. In addition to reports at General Meetings, the Beach Committee will conduct a series of town hall style meetings with the community to discuss the design options and answer questions about the designs.
A copy of the ESA contract will be posted on the HSIA website for further information.
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If you have any questions, please go to the website forum, which can be accessed from the Home page, and click on the "Beach Restoration" thread, or email Kate Penn, Beach Chair.