Measurements of NOx emissions from the Antarctic snowpack

May 9, 2021

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first_imgIt has been shown that NOx is produced photochemically within the snowpack of polar regions. If emitted to the atmosphere, this process could be a major source of NOx in remote snowcovered regions. We report here on measurements made at the German Antarctic station, Neumayer, during austral summer 1999, aimed at detecting and quantifying emissions of NOx from the surface snow. Gradients of NOx were measured, and fluxes calculated using local meteorology measurements. On the 2 days of flux measurements, the derived fluxes showed continual release from the snow surface, varying between similar to0 and 3×10(8) molecs/cm(2)/s. When not subject to turbulence, the variation was coincident with the uv diurnal cycle, suggesting rapid release once photochemically produced. Scaling the diurnal average of Feb. 7th (1.3×10(8) molecs/cm(2)/s) suggests an annual emission over Antarctica of the order 0.0076TgN.last_img read more


NFL agent’s parents die 6 minutes apart

May 8, 2021

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailda-kuk/iStock(NEW YORK) — NFL agent Buddy Baker said his parents died six minutes apart from COVID-19.The couple, married for 51 years, were in “perfect health” before contracting the virus, Baker said in a video posted to Twitter.“Hopefully this can be a catalyst for a change. Practice social distancing, wash your hands as regularly as you can and importantly stay at home,” said Baker, who represents Washington Redskins running back Terry McLaurin and Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, among others. In loving memory of my mom and dad- please make the tough and right choice and help stop the spreading of this virus. pic.twitter.com/FqVEWjdscq— Buddy Baker (@ESG_Baker) March 31, 2020“It’s going to take all of us banding together and deciding we’re gonna stop the spread of this virus,” Baker said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by April 1, 2020 /Sports News – National NFL agent’s parents die 6 minutes apart Beau Lundlast_img read more


Petronet to invest £2bn in Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG project in Louisiana

May 7, 2021

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first_imgThe Driftwood LNG project has been proposed to be built on the US Gulf Coast near with a capacity of nearly 27.6mtpa Image: Rendering of Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG project. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire. India-based LNG importer Petronet LNG has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to reportedly invest $2.5bn (£2.01bn) in Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG project proposed to be built in Louisiana, US.In return, Petronet LNG and its affiliates are expected to be entitled to receive up to five million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced from the LNG project.Petronet is a joint venture set up by the Indian government, and involves participation from some of the well-established oil and gas players in the country. The company developed India’s first LNG receiving and regasification terminal in Gujarat, and another terminal in Kerala.The equity investment by the Indian company in the US LNG project will be subject to further due diligence and approval of its board of directors. Tellurian and Petronet will work towards finalising the transaction agreements by 31 March 2020.Tellurian president and CEO Meg Gentle said: “Petronet, India’s largest LNG importer, will be able to deliver clean, low-cost, and reliable natural gas to India from Driftwood. Increasing natural gas use will enable India to fuel its impressive economic growth to achieve Prime Minister Modi’s goal of a $5 trillion economy while contributing to a cleaner environment.“It is an honor to sign the MOU with Petronet in the presence of H.E. Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At Tellurian, we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with Petronet in the Driftwood project.”Driftwood LNG project detailsThe proposed LNG project to be built on the US Gulf Coast near Lake Charles has been designed to have a capacity of nearly 27.6mtpa. In addition to the liquefaction export facility, the project will have an associated 154km long Driftwood Pipeline and natural gas production, gathering, processing, and transportation facilities.In April 2019, Tellurian secured authorisation for the Driftwood LNG project and the associated pipeline, which will inter-connect the export terminal to the US natural gas market.In July 2019, Tellurian signed offtake agreements with French oil and gas Total’s subsidiaries – Total Delaware and Total Gas & Power North America for 1mtpa from the Driftwood LNG export project. Total agreed to invest $500m (£401.62m) in Driftwood Holdings, in return, which is the holding company of the project.last_img read more


Tenants are struggling to survive as home ownership declines

May 7, 2021

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first_imgPrivate renters have grown in number by a million since 2010 but these tenants are struggling financially much more than their mortgaged counterparts, according to research carried out by the University of Bristol.Its report on renters, which was commissioned by money website Momentum UK, reveals that renters spend half their salary on rent every month, go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than those with a mortgage.Cut back on foodA third of private renters have less than £100 in savings, a fifth have cut back on food expenditure over the past year, 11% have reduce their heating to get by while 14% have borrowed money from friends or family to survive.The research follows recent government figures within the English Housing Survey which revealed that home ownership continued to decline.  More than four million households in the UK now rent their home from a private landlord, nearly twice as many as 10 years ago.Within England, homeownership fell to 62.9% last year, the lowest percentage since 1985 and eight points lower than the peak in 2003.“The average private renter loses around half of their pay cheque on rent at the beginning of each month, and for those living in London, it can be even higher,” says Dominic Baliszewski, Director of Consumer Strategy for Momentum UK (pictured).“This not only limits their ability to save, but also means they have to cut back on expenses such as gym memberships, holidays and socialising just to get by.“With home ownership in decline, the number of people facing these financial challenges and seeing their living standards fall is only going to grow. That’s why it’s so important that the government delivers on the pledges made in its housing white paper.”Momentum uk Dominic Baliszewski University of Bristol March 22, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Tenants are struggling to survive as home ownership declines previous nextHousing MarketTenants are struggling to survive as home ownership declinesFigures from academic research show a third of tenants have less than £100 in savings.Nigel Lewis22nd March 20170743 Viewslast_img read more


Andrews hires former Waitrose MD as new Group Chairman

May 7, 2021

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first_imgIt’s all change at the top of Andrews Property Group after it was announced that Group Chairman Jim Glover (pictured, middle) is to stand down with immediate effect and will be succeeded by Steven Esom (pictured, right).Unusually, Esom does not have a property background and instead comes with a career in the retail sector, notably at Sainsburys, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose where he was Managing Director.“Andrews Property Group stands out within the property sector as a firm built on integrity and deeply-held values,” he says.“This makes it a both unique and interesting company to join and I’m very much looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to play with the entire Andrews’ team.”Jim has done much of the preparatory work of Steven, transforming Andrews over the six years he’s held the chairmanship.This has included developing a strategy for the charity-focussed business, rebranding its logo and other corporate visuals and bringing David Westgate (pictured, left) on as Group CEO.Queen and countyJim Glover is not remaining in the industry and will be instead be representing the Queen in Surrey as its new High Sheriff.“Andrews has gone through a huge period of transition in recent times yet continues to place great importance on the fundamentals on which the business was built and to have been part of that is something that I shall always value,” says Jim Glover.“The time is, however, right to move on to new challenges and I wish the entire Andrews team all the very best for what I’m sure will be a very successful future.”Steven Esom was hired with the help of headhunting firm Saxon Bampfylde, which helped draw up a list of five potential candidates.“The level of candidates was extremely high, and it was encouraging to see that all those shortlisted showed a commit to, and interest in, working with a commercial company owned by charitable trusts – something which makes us unique within the property sector,” says David Westgate.Read our recent interview with David Westgate.Jim Glover Andrews Property Group charity Steven Esom David Westgate December 13, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Andrews hires former Waitrose MD as new Group Chairman previous nextAgencies & PeopleAndrews hires former Waitrose MD as new Group ChairmanFormer Group Chairman is off to represent the Queen in Surrey, while successor has an entirely retail background, reveals charity-focussed estate agency.Nigel Lewis13th December 201701,136 Viewslast_img read more


USS Nimitz sailors prepare for 2017 deployment

May 4, 2021

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first_img View post tag: TSTA Sailors assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the U.S. Navy’s lead ship in the class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, have completed their tailored ship’s training availability and final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP) on December 8.By doing so, sailors completed the ship’s 180-day, inter-deployment training cycle basic phase in only 54 days.TSTA is the final part of a ship’s basic phase training cycle, which includes command assessment of readiness and training (CART) II, and TSTA in-port.It is the first step in proving a crew’s readiness for composite training exercise (COMPTUEX) and other exercises which test a ship’s proficiency before deployment.TSTA/FEP was completed in a total of 30 in-port and underway days, and represents a major step toward Nimitz becoming certified for its upcoming 2017 deployment.According to Cmdr. Wilbert Wafford, afloat training group (ATG) Pacific training liaison officer, Nimitz completed basic phase with an overall score of 97 percent.“It’s hard to tell this crew was in the yards for 21 months straight,” said Capt. John Ring, commanding officer of Nimitz. “They are performing exceptionally, and I couldn’t be more proud of this ship and its crew.”TSTA/FEP exercises most major warfare areas aboard, including damage control, engineering, navigation, deck, combat systems, air, safety, intelligence, supply, operations, and security. It also integrates the air wing in order to build proficiency on the flight deck.After the completion of TSTA, Nimitz and her crew moved onto FEP, the final stage of the basic phase training cycle. Authorities December 12, 2016 View post tag: USS Nimitz USS Nimitz sailors prepare for 2017 deployment Share this article View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nimitz sailors prepare for 2017 deployment last_img read more


New Islamic Studies Centre

May 3, 2021

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first_imgThe Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies’ new building is set to open in 2013 after a nine-year delay. The opening will see the Centre move from its current location on George Street to a 3.25 acre site next to Magdalen College.The building on the new Marston Road site was expected to open in 2004 after work began in 2002 but had to stop due to issues of funding.Registrar Richard Makepeace said, “As is often the case, deadlines have been stretched. We were expecting to be ready to open by the end of this year but we are hoping to have the opening in 2013. There will be work going on throughout the year, which is basically the fitting out of the interior.”The centre was initially thought to cost £60 million. A figure for the final spend is not yet available, but it is thought that it will certainly exceed the initial budgetary estimate.The Centre is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, set up in 1985. It is not a part of the University, but works with the University in research and teaching. Other Recognised Independent Centres of the University include the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.The OCIS website describes the new building as blending “the architectural features of the traditional Oxford colleges with the forms and styles of the classical period of Islam. The result is a unique symbol of the harmony between two ancient traditions of scholarship brought together for the pursuit of knowledge.” Islamic and Western culture and architecture are brought together within the design, and registrar Richard Makepeace said that “If there is a message in the building it is that we are not as different as we sometimes tend to believe.”The new building will have accommodation for up to 40 graduate students, as well as a mosque, minaret, dining hall and parking.  Another benefit of the move will be the increase in library space. OCIS said that “the move to purpose-built new premises will increase the Library’s size fourfold and enable wider access to a much more extensive collection.”The Centre aims to provide a meeting point for the Western and Islamic worlds of learning, contributing to multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study of the Islamic world. The OCIS enjoys the support of its patron Prince Charles as well as visits from other international figures including Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan, then Secretary-General of the UN.Mohammad Ali, member of Oxford University Islamic Society, commented, ‘Our general thoughts about the new centre are positive, since we appreciate the existing centre on George Street is somewhat small.’last_img read more


BREAKING NEWS: AG Hill Suspended For 30 Days With Automatic Reinstatement

May 3, 2021

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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare AG Hill Suspended For 30 Days With Automatic ReinstatementMay 11, 2020 | Olivia CovingtonINDIANA LAWYEREditor’s note: This article has been updated.Finding Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill guilty of misdemeanor battery and two related violations of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct, the Indiana Supreme Court has ordered him to serve a 30-day suspension.Hill, a Republican, will begin his suspension May 18 and will be automatically reinstated at the end of the 30-day period, provided no other suspensions are in effect. The discipline was handed down Monday in a per curiam opinion in In the Matter of Curtis T. Hill, Jr., 19S-DI-156.It’s unclear what the one-month suspension will mean for Hill’s ability to remain in office, or for the running of the Office of the Attorney General. The OAG did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The justices found that Hill violated Rule 8.4(b), committing a criminal act reflecting adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer, and Rule 8.4(d), engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. However, like hearing officer Myra Selby, the court found in Hill’s favor on an alleged violation of Admission and Discipline Rule 22, the Indiana Oath of Attorneys.The violations stem from March 2018, when four women accused Hill of drunkenly groping them at an early-morning bar party. The women are identified by their initials in the discipline order, but all four have spoken publicly about the incident: Democratic State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and legislative staffers Gabrielle McLemore Brock, Niki DaSilva and Samantha Lozano.The allegations against Hill became public in July 2018, when a memorandum about the incident prepared by the Taft law firm in Indianapolis surfaced. Since then, Hill has adamantly denied the allegations against him, and a special prosecutor declined to bring criminal charges.But the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission in March 2019 brought discipline charges against the AG, and the matter went before Selby, a former Indiana Supreme Court justice, during a four-day evidentiary hearing in October. The commission had sought a two-year suspension without automatic reinstatement, while Selby recommended a 60-day suspension without automatic reinstatement. In handing down the discipline against Hill, the high court initially addressed the issue of whether Hill’s acts at the March 2018 party were criminal.Hill claimed he touched the women, and other partygoers, only in a manner that’s to be expected during a crowded social event. He likened this physical contact to the kind he makes when working political events.But finding “ample evidence” that the contact was rude and insolent — two factors necessary to establish battery — the Supreme Court credited Selby’s determination that the physical contact constituted misdemeanor battery.“At the end of the day, whether Respondent possessed the requisite mens rea was a question of fact to be determined by the hearing officer; and the long, lingering, and meandering touches described by the four women and others, the various reactions of those who experienced or observed those touches, and the numerous other accounts of Respondent’s conduct at the bar, all offer ample support for the hearing officer’s ultimate finding on this point,” the per curiam opinion says.Specifically, Reardon has said Hill slid his hand down her bare back while she wore a backless dress, then squeezed her buttocks. Brock said he gave her a “sexual back rub” without her consent, while Lozano said he put his hands around her waist and pulled her close to him. For her part, DaSilva said Hill rubbed his hand down her back toward her buttocks, then grabbed her hand and placed both of their hands on her buttocks.In a footnote, the justices referenced Hill’s emphasis on the fact that the special prosecutor declined to bring criminal charges against him for the groping. But noting that “a prosecutor may decline to pursue a prosecution for any number of reasons unrelated to whether the subject of the investigation committed a criminal act,” the court said “the special prosecutor’s declination of prosecution is of no moment to our analysis.”On the question of a violation of Rule 8.4(b), the justices said the issue was whether Hill’s act of misdemeanor battery had a nexus to his fitness to practice law. They looked to Matter of Oliver, 493 N.E.2d 1237 (Ind. 1986), and its progeny for guidance.In arguing against any nexus, Hill said the party was a private, informal event not related to his duties as AG. But he also testified that his motivation for going to the party was to meet with Sen. Greg Taylor to discuss a bill related to the Office of the Attorney General.“Respondent’s own testimony brings his criminal conduct directly within the ambit of the performance of his professional duties,” the court wrote. “Respondent went to the party with the purpose of discussing a bill affecting his office with key legislators and nurturing goodwill, he spent time at the party doing precisely these things, and while there he committed battery against a legislator and three legislative staffers.”Turning next to Rule 8.4(d), the justices rejected Hill’s argument that his role as attorney general should be viewed differently than that of a local prosecutor under Oliver because he does not directly charge crimes. They instead said he is the “chief legal officer of the State of Indiana.”“In short, the Attorney General is an ‘officer charged with the administration of the law’ at least to the same extent as a prosecutor, if not substantially more so. Accordingly, Respondent’s criminal conduct was prejudicial to the administration of justice, in violation of Rule 8.4(d).”The key issue related to the appropriate sanction for Hill’s misconduct was his response to the leaking of the Taft memo, which made the allegations against him public. Selby determined his response was “significantly aggravating in nature,” the justices wrote, thus making a suspension without automatic reinstatement appropriate.The high court, however, disagreed on that point.Specifically at issue were emails and press releases that Hill and a team of his staff and supporters put out in the wake of the memo’s leak. Determining the emails were properly admitted, the justices conceded the contents of the messages often “reflect(ed) extremely poorly on various members of Respondent’s team… .”In a footnote, the justices referenced several of the emails and press releases it deemed particularly inappropriate. Among them was a press release aimed at Niki DaSilva, who had mistakenly sent a draft of her public statement regarding her allegations to an Attorney General’s Office email address. Hill characterized DaSilva’s message, intended for a friend, as being “editorialized” and as evidence of coordination among the accusers.”The court also took issue with an email suggesting that those involved with the Taft report should be referred to as “Leakers and Liars”; a rejected suggestion that the allegations against Hill be characterized as a “lynching”; phony letters to the editor and editorials drafted by members of Hill’s team; and “hired consultants’ suggestion after the Commission filed its disciplinary complaint against Respondent to dig up the negative background on Commission members and then ‘shop portions of research enclosed no fingerprints to a national conservative outlet to generate a piece that friends would use with grassroots folks’ … .”But finding that Hill was not “personally responsible for every poor word choice or ill-conceived idea proposed by individual team members,” the court said certain actions taken by Hill and his team were aimed at the process that led to the public accusations, not the accusers.“All involved in this process — the four women, Respondent, and legislative leaders — appropriately decried the unauthorized leaking of the Taft Report by a legislative staffer. Respondent’s public criticisms of that process are valid and do not speak to any negative characteristics relevant to sanction.”Further, the court said Hill was “fully entitled” to defend himself against the allegations, including by denying the allegations. But, the justices continued, he went “a step too far” in two respects.First, he characterized the allegations as both false and “vicious” — the latter, according to the justices, implying malice or bad faith on the part of the accusers. Likewise, in the second incident, he implied malice or bad faith when he sent out a press release with DaSilva’s email, which “’ could serve only to intimidate [her] and anyone else thinking of stepping forward.’”“In sum, we find Respondent’s actions in the wake of the disclosure of the Taft Report do carry some aggravating weight, but not to an extent that entails the type of wholesale lack of insight or lack of remorse that ordinarily would prompt us to require a respondent-attorney to undergo the reinstatement process in order to prove his fitness to resume the practice of law,” the high court ruled. “… Although Respondent strayed past an appropriate line in some of his conduct after the Taft Report was leaked, he was apologetic in his initial discussions with legislative leaders before the leak, and in a press release after the leak Respondent maintained his innocence but simultaneously emphasized that ‘[v]ictims of sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment deserve to have their voices heard.’“… The victims have suffered significant harm that, while certainly exacerbated by other events, was caused most proximately by Respondent’s misconduct,” the court concluded. “Respondent’s substantial experience in the practice of law, almost all of which has been spent in a prosecutorial capacity, counsels that he should have known better than to conduct himself at the bar in the manner he did; but that same experience, consisting of roughly three decades of public service without prior discipline, also carries mitigating weight.”The costs of the proceeding are assessed against Hill, and Selby was dismissed as hearing officer “with the Court’s appreciation.”In a footnote, the high court declined to revisit the issues of whether Hill committed sexual battery, a felony, against DaSilva and whether he violated the Oath of Attorneys. The commission referenced those issues in a footnote in response to Hill’s petition for Supreme Court review of Selby’s findings, but it did not further develop an argument on either.The justices also offered harsh words for the attorneys representing both sides, saying they were “compelled to note our strong disapproval and extreme disappointment with respect to the tenor of the parties’ briefs in this case.”Hill was represented by Indianapolis attorneys Jim Voyles, Jennifer Lukemeyer, and Donald Lundberg, while the commission was represented by staff attorneys Seth Pruden and Angie Ordway.“The Commission repeatedly refers to Respondent in hyperbolic terms of sexual predation, and the Commission — entirely without support — accuses Respondent of having committed perjury at the final hearing simply because the hearing officer, in endeavoring to reconcile all the testimony (including Respondent’s), found that Respondent’s conduct amounted to a battery,” the justices wrote. “Respondent for his part alternately describes the Commission using terms such as ‘imperialist,’ ‘coddling,’ ‘dismissive,’ and ‘arrogant,’ and Respondent devotes far too much of his briefing to entirely unfounded attacks on the Commission’s motive and integrity.“There are many legitimate legal arguments to be made in this case, which makes the parties’ inappropriate ad hominem attacks on one another a particularly frustrating diversion. We expect counsel to behave better in future cases.”FOOTNOTE:  For more on this story, see the May 13 edition of Indiana Lawyer. last_img read more


Judge Denies State Bid To Reduce $31 Million Award Against DCS

May 3, 2021

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first_imgJudge Denies State Bid To Reduce $31 Million Award Against DCSDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA federal judge Friday rejected the state of Indiana’s motion to reduce a jury’s $31 million award last year against Department of Child Services workers and a state police officer for the wrongful removal of a couple’s children and prosecution of their parents.“(T)he court finds no reason to conclude that the jury’s award in this case was either excessive or unreasonable as compared to other similar (or dissimilar) cases,” Judge Rudy Lozano wrote in an order issued Friday in Roman Finnegan, et al. v. Laurel Myers, et al., 3:08-CV-503.Almost a year ago, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana returned the verdict after a 15-day trial. The jury ruled for the plaintiffs on four of five claims that actions of DCS caseworkers and investigators violated the rights of Pulaski County family whose daughter died.Lynette and Roman Finnegan’s children were taken from their home after their daughter, Jessica, died and DCS suspected abuse. But a later investigation determined the child died after she was prescribed medication that caused a fatal drug interaction with another medication she took to treat a heart condition.Nevertheless, DCS continued to pursue false neglect substantiations against the parents that a Pulaski County judge wrote were arbitrary and capricious as a matter of law.“Today’s ruling confirms the jury’s findings that the DCS defendants repeatedly violated the constitutional rights of the Finnegan family, causing enormous damage and warranting the $31 million verdict,” Indianapolis attorney Ron Waicukauski said in an email. “We are pleased by the thoughtful decision and are glad to be one step closer to bringing the Finnegans’ decade-long ordeal to a just conclusion.”A spokesperson for the office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, which defended the state in this case, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


O.C. Battles Beach Erosion With Geotubes

May 2, 2021

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first_imgA geotube at Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard, shown here in the background after it was exposed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, was credited with saving Ocean City homes. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) By MADDY VITALEIt is expected to stretch two blocks long, will look like a huge sock and will be filled with sand.What is it?Ocean City plans to bury another giant geotube in the dunes to protect the shoreline. Geotubes previously worked well in protecting other vulnerable spots in Ocean City’s beaches, including Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard.Now, the city wants to put a geotube in another area suffering from erosion – between Fourth and Fifth streets.“They basically work like a bulkhead – except bigger and stronger, and filled with sand native to the surrounding beach,” explained Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen on Wednesday.Mayor Jay Gillian said in his Mayor’s Message on Oct. 25 that during a City Council meeting the night before, Council members approved a bond ordinance that includes potential funding for the installation of geotubes on the eroded beach in the area surrounding Fifth Street.“I have instructed the city team to work with the Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection to see if it’s possible to use this technology there,” Gillian said in his message. “Geotubes are giant cylinders made of plastic fabric and stuffed with sand, then buried by more sand and dune grass.”He also described how well the geotubes work under the dunes along East Atlantic Boulevard.“They were the only thing that saved many north-end properties during Superstorm Sandy in 2012,” he said.At the Oct. 24 City Council meeting, Chief Financial Officer Frank Donato told the Council members that the city wants to piggyback on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project to install a large geotube that would help protect the shoreline between the areas of Fourth and Fifth streets.Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Strathmere are part of a $32.5 million Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project that will deposit a total of 2.4 million cubic yards of fresh sand along the eroded shoreline of all three towns.The project is expected to get underway this fall and be completed in time for the 2020 summer tourism season.Cliff Cole, of Nebraska, likes to surf in Ocean City, and Fifth Street is his favorite spot, but erosion is always a concern.The bond ordinance that was approved for a series of public improvements in Ocean City includes $3 million to help the city pay for its share of the beach replenishment project. Some of that funding would go to the proposed geotubes.“The scope, cost and timing of any potential project is entirely contingent on acquiring federal and state permits. But Frank (Donato) designated $1 million in the pending bond ordinance for geotubes in the area near Fourth Street and Fifth Street,” Bergen noted.When asked why there are certain areas of the city’s beaches that get hit the hardest from storms, resulting in dramatic erosion compared to other beaches, Bergen pointed out that it has a lot to do with the shape of the island.“The beach in the blocks around Fifth Street is the most exposed to waves and currents,” he said. “It’s no coincidence that the same stretch is home to some of the best surf in Ocean City.”The results of using a geotube at the Waverly beach were positive, Bergen said.In one of the photos provided by Bergen from Oct. 30, 2012, the morning after Superstorm Sandy, it shows the Oct. 29, 2012, storm flattened the dune at Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard.“The geotube was the only thing holding back the ocean,” Bergen pointed out. “The geotubes definitely saved a good bit of north-end property.”Since then, the shoreline there has dramatically improved.“At Waverly, the dunes and beach have grown substantially over time, and the geotubes have not been exposed since Sandy,” Bergen said. “But it’s nice to know they’re there as an insurance policy. The city would hope for the same at Fifth Street.”On Oct. 28, 2012, as Superstorm Sandy approached Ocean City, a healthy dune was beginning to erode enough to slightly expose the geotube at Waverly Beach along East Atlantic Boulevard. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)last_img read more