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Title: Behavior of beach fill and borrow area at Seaside Park, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Authors: Vesper, William H.
Keywords: Shore protection--Connecticut
Beach erosion--Connecticut
Publisher: Coastal Engineering Research Center (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Memorandum;11
Abstract: Introduction: Seaside Park is located immediately west of Bridgeport Harbor between Tongue Point and a narrow peninsula known as Fayerweather Island in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut (see Figure 1). In 1953 the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with the State of Connecticut, completed a beach erosion control study of the segment of Connecticut shore from Housatonic River to Ash Creek. Seaside Park is within this area. The purpose of the cooperative study was to determine the most suitable method of stabilizing and improving the shore line. Local officials had stated that additional beach area was desired and needed for recreational use at Seaside Park because of overcrowding of the existing beach during periods of peak use. For this reason, a plan of protection for Seaside Park involving placement of a sand beach in front of the seawall was economically justified and was considered preferable to one involving placement of riprap revetment in front of an existing masonry seawall. The recommended plan of improvement was authorized as a Federal project in 1954. It involved widening approximately 8,800 feet of shore west of Breezy Point to a 125-foot width (above mean high-water) by direct placement of sand fill. The improved beach was to be maintained by periodic nourishment. The berm of the beach was to have a width of 25 feet in front of the seawall at an elevation of 5 feet above mean high water, and a minimum width of 125 feet between the seawall and the mean high water shore line. The anticipated natural slopes of the improved beach after adjustment by wave action, from which required fill quantities were estimated, were 1 on 20 above and 1 on 30 below the plane of mean high water. The estimated quantity of sand required for the initial fill was 635,000 cubic yards. The average annual nourishment requirement was estimated at 10,600 cubic yards.
Description: Technical Memorandum
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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