Thinking About the Future of Duxbury Beach

Duxbury Beach is a landmark of our town, and a natural beauty. It stretches from Marshfield, all the way to Gurnet Point which is technically a part of Plymouth. According to the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Duxbury Beach is a peninsula that is 7.5 miles long, and acts as a barrier to Duxbury and parts of Marshfield.

But the Duxbury Beach peninsula is very thin. At some parts it is only a few hundred feet or less in width. You can walk from the bay side to the ocean side in just one minute.

Being as the peninsula is that thin, it makes one think about how erosion has and could affect it in the future. Only time will tell how it survives the coming years.

Duxbury Beach has protected Duxbury from greater damage for ages. Without it, hurricanes and other large storms could flood or even sweep away coastal homes much easier.

“In recent years, it feels like storms have been getting bigger and bigger. I’m worried that one of these times it could penetrate over the beach into the bay, leaving the outer part of the peninsula an island.” Said Sarah Z.

Duxbury’s tides are also a very interesting thing that may factor into erosion. The difference between high and low tide on Duxbury Beach is dramatically different than many other beaches.

High Tide

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Low Tide

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Freshman Kedrick G. Said, “Duxbury Bay is a perfect spot for clamming, and the water can get very shallow at low tides. Occasionally fish wash up on the shore on that side, and that’s something we could see more of if that side becomes even more shallow. I can also imagine that Island Creek could potentially lose much of its business due to this.”

Thankfully, there are people who care about our beach, and the preservation of us. The Duxbury Beach Reservation is dedicated to preserving the beach for as long as possible.

Their goal is to “. . .restore and to preserve the beaches in so far as reasonably possible in their natural state as host to marine life, native and migratory birds and indigenous vegetation, as barrier beaches for the protection of Duxbury and Kingston and as a priceless environmental asset to the Commonwealth and the nation; and to operate for the benefit of the people of Duxbury and the general public a public recreational beach with all necessary and incidental facilities, while preserving the right to limit and regulate such use so as to be consistent with the corporation’s primary ecological objective.”

Their website can be found here: http://www.duxburybeach.com

Sophomore Luke K. Said “I noticed that new beach grass was planted around the beach parking lot, I’m wondering whether that has to do with the beach eroding or the old beach grass was dying.”

 

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