Chesapeake Bay Shore Erosion
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|Abstract of this Article|
Hurricane Isabel resulted in irregular
erosion of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline in Maryland. In the aftermath of the storm,
the Governor’s Chesapeake Bay Cabinet, concerned about environmental degradation
due to the influx of sediment into the Bay, requested an estimate of sediment input
from shore erosion. The Maryland Geological Survey (MGS) polled local officials
and county planners throughout the State and, based on limited quantitative information,
endeavored to supply that estimate.
|On September 18, 2003, a tropical cyclone, Isabel, made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane along the North Carolina coast. The storm then weakened and accelerated. Within 24 hours Isabel had dissipated, but not before ravaging coastal communities all along the Western Shore of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Shore erosion was an unmistakable and widely reported effect of Isabel’s passage over the State. Damage to shoreline structures alone was assessed at $84 million . Government agencies and citizens groups were concerned about the possible deleterious effects of an influx of suspended sediments and nutrients on the Bay ecosystem, particularly given the near-record extent of the summer’s anoxic “dead zone.” The Governor’s Chesapeake Bay Cabinet requested an estimate of sediment input contributed by shore erosion. The Maryland Geological Survey (MGS) endeavored to supply that estimate.||
Severe erosion threatens road. Bay Ridge, Chesapeake Bay, Anne Arundel Co. 
|1. Maryland Department of Planning,
2004,. Baltimore, MD. 29 p. Lessons learned from Tropical Storm Isabel
2. J. Stein (photographer), 2003, Anne Arundel Co. Soil Conservation District.
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