Misquamicut Beach Restoration Project Questioned

Photo, Rhode Island Sea Grant/Kate O'Kula
Photo, Rhode Island Sea Grant/Kate O’Kula

EcoRI.cm: There’s planning for climate change and then there’s reality. In Rhode Island, at least, the two are sometimes on different paths.

Some 3,000 truckloads of sand are on order for restoring Misquamicut State Beach from the lashing the Westerly coastline took during Superstorm Sandy, an act the state’s top coastal planner called “crazy.”

“It will probably disappear as quickly as they put it on,” said Grover Fugate, executive director of the state Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC).

The CRMC has taken the lead on Rhode Island’s climate change adaptation and preparation efforts. At a Nov. 25 public forum at the University of Rhode Island, Fugate said the Army Corps of Engineers went ahead with the project as part of a federally funded rebuilding program established to make repairs after Sandy.

Read more about the debate over restoring Misquamicut Beach.