Don’t Destroy Rhode Island Surf Break

Target: The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

Goal: Repair a nature trail off the coast of Rhode Island without destroying the surrounding environment

A recent proposal by the department of transportation to the Coastal Resources Management Council has been submitted to seek to repair the damage done to Cliff Walk by Tropical Storm Sandy. While the restoration of this site is laudable, the plan carries with it measures that will severely impact the Ruggles Point surf break. These measures include the placement of permanent fill (armor stone) below the mean high water elevation of 2.43 feet. This fill would begin at the breakers at Ruggles Avenue and span the entirety of the Ruggles Point surf area.

This fill would not be the only issue, however. During construction as many as four causeways would need to be built. These causeways would each stretch a full 200 feet by 40 feet, creating massive obstructions within the area. The net result of this project would be over 3,000 cubic yards of armor stone obstructing the reef, disturbing the natural tides, and harming the waterfront marine ecosystem.

This project is not only undesirable but also illegal according to the rules of the Coastal Resources Management Council as they prohibit “filling” and any associated activities that would create an adverse impact to coastal resources, water-dependent uses, or the public’s use and enjoyment of the shoreline and waters. If the department of transportation’s plan is enacted each of the aforementioned prohibitory categories would be met. This cannot be allowed to come to pass. While it is important to repair Cliff Walk, it must not be done at the expense of Ruggles Point. Protect the surf break by cancelling the department of transportation’s plan before irreparable damage can be done.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of the Coastal Resources Management Council,

The department of transportation has recently submitted a proposal to the Coastal Resources Management Council. This proposal seeks a means to repair the damage done to Cliff Walk by Tropical Storm Sandy. Some measure of repair is necessary however there are significant flaws that should give pause when considering this proposal; these flaws will severely impact the Ruggles Point surf break. Most notable would be the placement of permanent fill (armor stone) below the mean high water elevation of 2.43 feet. This fill would begin at the breakers at Ruggles Avenue and span the entirety of the Ruggles Point surf area.

In addition to the fill, other concerns are present as well. The project would require the construction of as many as four causeways in the area. These causeways would each stretch to nearly 200 feet by 40 feet, creating several massive obstructions within the area. The result of this project would be over 3,000 cubic yards of armor stone obstructing the reef, disturbing the natural tides, and harming the waterfront marine ecosystem.

Not only is this project undesirable, it is also illegal according to the rules of the Coastal Resources Management Councilitself, as they prohibit ‘filling’ and any associated activities that would create an adverse impact to coastal resources, water-dependent uses, or the public’s use and enjoyment of the shoreline and waters. Allowing the department of transportation’s plan to come to pass would result in a project entirely counter to every single aforementioned category. While it is still important to repair Cliff Walk, this project cannot be the means with which it is done. Protect the surf break around Ruggles Point by cancelling the department of transportation’s plan before irreparable damage can be done.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Betty Kelly says:

    The RhodeIsland surf break shouded be saved.

  2. Ruth Rogers Ruth Rogers says:

    A new plan needs to be made. Signed! Please sign and share this petition.

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