Methods for Developong a Management Plan for a Small Tidal Inlet: Mecox Inlet, Long Island, New York

by George L. Smith, State Univ of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA,
Gary A. Zarillo, State Univ of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Few management studies have examined small ephemeral tidal inlets. The magnitude of short-term shoreline changes associated with some ephemeral inlets makes desirable the development of management plans that reduce the inlet-shoreline interactions while avoiding the costs of inlet or shoreline stabilization. The method used to develop a management plan for Mecox Inlet consisted of: 1) an analysis of the management problem, 2) a field study of inlet hydraulics and morphology and inlet-shoreline interactions, and 3) the development of a management scheme designed to reduce inlet-shoreline interactions while maximizing inlet flushing and lowering water levels in Mecox Bay. This study recommended opening Mecox Inlet more frequently to flush and drain Mecox Bay as well as opening the inlet as far updrift (east) of impacted shorelines as considered feasible.

Subject Headings: Inlets (waterway) | Management methods | Coastal management | Shoreline protection | Tides | Hydraulics | Field tests | New York | United States

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