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Planning in the Face of Climate Change

The Future of Duxbury Beach

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Permitting and design project process

Design and Permitting for Nature-Based Storm-Damage Protection Measures for Duxbury Beach 

The Reservation is in the midst of a large-scale planning effort to protect Duxbury Beach.  With help from a $152,000 grant from Mass Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and experts from the Woods Hole Group, we are analyzing, planning, and permitting for different projects over the next 10 years.  Cobble berms on bayside, dune and beach nourishment, and access road maintenance are on the agenda.

Check below for an update from Fall 2021!

Fall 2021 Update

This past year, DBR worked with the Woods Hole Group to prepare, review, and submit multiple permits outlining four project components – beach and dune nourishment on oceanside, cobble berm nourishment on bayside, cobble nourishment at the Powder Point Bridge abutment on Duxbury Beach, and road maintenance to address flooding and storm water management issues.  This work was done under a Coastal Zone Management Coastal Resilience Grant.

This large-scale planning and permitting work lets DBR stand ready to address changing conditions on the beach rather than being held up by lengthy permitting. So where do we stand today?

  1. Environmental Impact Report (EIR) – final MEPA Certificate issued March 1, 2021

  2. Notice of Intent (NOI) to Duxbury Conservation Commission for nourishment components presented and approved at the March 23, 2021, meeting

  3. Notice of Intent (NOI) to Duxbury Conservation Commission for roadway components presented and approved at the April 27, 2021, meeting

  4. Chapter 91 Permit for nourishment components filed with MA Department of Environmental Protection on May 11, 2021

  5. US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Permit for nourishment components filed on June 2, 2021

  6. MA Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Federal Consistency Statement for nourishment components filed on June 24, 2021

This work will continue during fall 2021 and winter 2022 as we await comments and approval on our final permits!

Miss the March 2021 update webinar? Check it out below!

Learn More About the Permitting and Planning Work on Duxbury Beach

View the PACTV presentation given by DBR's Executive Director, Cris Luttazi, and Woods Hole Group's Elise Leduc on June 24, 2020 here!

Missed the Future of Duxbury Beach event on February 12, 2020?  Don't worry!  Check out the Woods Hole Group presentation here!