Am I the only one who finds it strange that the same voices that are proclaiming that the Great South Bay must have the vital flushing and cleaning action that the new breach provides are the same ones that say the breach has NO effect on bay-front water levels?
How can they have it both ways? If the breach at Old Inlet is large enough to clean and change salinity levels in the whole bay it must be letting a significant amount of water in and out.
Is it unreasonable to assume this water, flowing in a direct link from Great South Bay to Atlantic Ocean (Something neither the Fire Island nor Moriches Inlet does), has SOME effect on bay-front water levels?
Isn’t at least a part of the moderating effect that a barrier beach provides lost when some of that barrier is lost?
The south shore people who have experienced unprecedented flooding since Sandy have a right to feel skeptical when told there is NO correlation between the breach and the extreme tides.
Dr. Flagg and his charts are impressive, but scientists, even good ones, have been known to make mistakes and often disagree on data interpretation.
I know the recent meetings have been very well attended by pro-breach groups; the flooding victims are less organized and too exhausted to attend.