National Geographic : 1962 Dec
New York State Park system, on Long Island, is another resort that knows how to survive the worst the Atlantic can throw at it. Robert Moses, fiery President of the Long Island State Park Commission, years ago piled sand 15 feet high from Jones Inlet to Captree State Park, put a hard road on top, and then planted beach grass and shrubs on the slopes to keep it in place. "It cost a lot of money," he said. "Proper beach stabilization is complex, expensive, and controver sial. But Jones Beach got mostly spray in March. A major ocean breakthrough there is almost im possible." If you are not in a tearing hurry for protection, you can put up ordinary snow fence, and the winds will build dunes by piling sand at the fence line. When the fence is covered, more fence on top of the new dune will build the sand still higher. Dunes built this way by the Civilian Conserva tion Corps in the thirties held back the sea on Hatteras Island. The rows nearest the Atlantic gave way before the storm, especially where people had thoughtlessly trampled the beach grass to death, but a second line of defense back from the shore saved the land behind it. Snow Fences and Beach Grass Help Nature Build Protective Dunes Without this maze of fencing, Long Beach Island would have suffered even more severely. In six Middle Atlantic states some $30,000,000 in Federal aid is being spent in the wake of the storm, about half of it for the shaping of dunes. Bulldozers and scrapers raise a barrier to pro tect ocean highway at Dewey Beach, Delaware. As floodwaters subsided, this scene was repeated at countless points. Bulldozers worked around the clock to clear lots and level torn beaches. 879 KODACHROMESBY B. ANTHONY STEWART() N.G.S.