The New York Times published a story (a subscription may be required to read the article) on the work of the Shinnecock Indian Nation – Environmental Department and partners to restore the beaches in order to buffer from the impacts of coastal erosion and sea level rise. The Shinnecock Indian Nation is a coastal Tribal Nation located on Long Island, New York near South Hampton. Following the flooding and coastal erosion impacts from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, (as well as decades of erosion with sea level rise) the Shinnecock Indian Nation has worked diligently to restore coastal areas with dredged sand and planting of native beach grasses and other plants. These efforts extend and elevate the beach between Shinnecock Bay and the Shinnecock Indian Nation community. Boulders placed along the low-tide line help to reduce further erosion by impeding wave action before the force of the waves reach the sand. The story on the Shinnecock Indian Nation emphasizes the value of “nature-based solutions” to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.
March 18th, 2021• • 1 min read