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Dozens of volunteers work at Crescent Beach over the weekend to address 40+ feet of erosion

Work is underway to try to prevent further erosion from high waters along Lake Ontario at Crescent Beach.

Dozens of volunteers from around Sodus Bay convened and joined forces at the east end of Crescent Beach, near Lake Bluff, to help prevent future erosion through a mitigation project that will protect the bay.

Storms this past fall did significant damage to the shoreline, and diminished the barriers that existed, according to the Times of Wayne County.

“One storm in October of 2019, moved the barrier bar as much as 40 feet further into the bay. The Lake Ontario coastal flooding of 2017 and 2019 has eroded the barrier bar to a point where, the willows and poplars are all gone but four shabby trees, holding on by only a few roots,” the Times reported.

Lindsey Gertenslager, District Manager of the Wayne County Soil and Water designed the concept. It’s a barrier bar erosion mitigation project, which is a temporary fix until New York State’s REDI program fully-launches.


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