Pleasure Beach is a beautiful, joyful place that magically melts
our troubles away. It is a place to relax, tosocialize and to
recreate. Every once in a while, it is important to remind
ourselves that Beaches are dynamic places that require care and
maintenance to preserve. What follows is a brief reminder of
nature's creativity, and how we can support natural processes
while maintaining our property.
The Long Island Sound Coastline
Many organizations and individuals study the ecosystem – the
physical and biological aspects and how they interact – of
Long Island Sound. These people, including Waterford Association
Inc, continuously monitor the coastline and use their observations
to preserve and protect our beaches and their inhabitants.
Coastlines are constantly evolving because of natural forces like
wind and waves, but also from human influences likefoot traffic,
construction and pollution. We have witnessed some of these changes
in recent years:
- In 2012, tidal waves from Hurricane Sandy deposited large
amounts of sand on top of the backdunes on thesouth side of
the beach, and moved significant volumes of sand into the
- In the mid-1990s, Waterford Association Inc. Members created
the north dunes to prevent future erosionresulting in property
- In the last decade, water currents have flattened Kiddie
Beach, creating expansive sand bars and new sand spits.
- Over the last couple years, unknown environmental causes have
led to the erosion of the Clam Pond's peat beds.
Pleasure Beach Ecosystem
Pleasure Beach is a barrier beach (sand spit,
barrier spit). A barrier beach is a narrow, low-lying strip that
runs parallel tothe coastline that is separated from the mainland
by a narrow body of tidal wetland. Barrier beaches are formed by
the accumulation of sand deposited by water currents. They have
recognizable features: beach, dunes, and tidal wetland.
The beach is always in flux. It changes minute to minute. It is
width and shape are carved out by the tide and waves respectively.
Tides are caused by the moon's gravitational pull. High tide
occurs when the moon is closest to us and low tide when the moon
is farthest away. There are two tidal cycles daily. You can check
to see when today's tides are occurring:
visit here. Waves are created by the winds.
When the wind is blowing stronger, the waves become more
powerful. Powerful waves can cause destruction of beaches by