Title

The sand on Wells' seven miles of beach is washing away because of two sixties-e

Authors

Virginia Wright

Source

Down East

Date

11-1-2007

Pages

44-49, 71-74

Abstract

The sand on Wells' seven miles of beach is washing away because of two sixties-era, federally planned breakwaters. Intended to stabilize the inlet of the Webhannet River, the jetties instead cause sand to be pulled offshore or clog the mouth of the harbor. The last time the harbor was dredged was in 2000, and the town says its time to do it again. All but the town's one-mile Moody Beach is publicly accessible--a rarity for Maine. Wells' economy depends on its beaches and on the moorings it is losing to an encroaching sandbar. With details on the town's history, its character today, and the environmental impacts of the proposed dredging project.

Subjects

Wells, Erosion, Webhannet River

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