Friday, 4 September 2009

Concern at Waikouaiti beach erosion

Otago Daily Times By Chris Morris on Fri, 4 Sep 2009

Unusually high tides - including July's king tide - and storms in the past two months had combined to claim 5m of sand dunes, and washed away pine trees and 3500 plantings added over the past three years.

The gap between the beach dunes and nearby Matanaka Dr, running parallel with the coast, had reduced to between 3m and 5m as a result, council parks and reserves team leader Martin Thompson said.

The erosion was worst towards the eastern end of the beach, near the Hawkesbury Lagoon, although some sand had returned - in a process known as accretion - in recent weeks, Mr Thompson said.



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