A SLIPPERY SLOPE – March 2, 2016

Happy March! I’m still trying to figure out what happened to February, my how time flies!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the bank along Front Street is starting to erode and fall away. Well it’s gotten worse with all the winter high tides and high winds. Here’s a good example of the problem.

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As you can see it’s falling off in big chunks.

Here’s a picture of the same area from the water side. I doesn’t look anywhere near as dramatic but gives you an idea of what’s at stake.

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The Town of Coupeville has added a lot more barriers along the road keeping people off the trail that is near the edge of the bank. In this picture you can see the barriers and at the far end a city worker is marking out the road where then new trail will be. They are going to build a fence next to the road and paint stripes on the road to indicate the path.

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The rest of my walk was uneventful although the sky in this photo looked a little ominous. I think I’ll call this one “Alone on the Sea”.

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As I was leaving the Coupeville Wharf I spotted this U. S. Coast Guard cutter patrolling our little cove. At least I hope that’s all they were doing.

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What I love about our walks is that there is always something different to see. I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you again soon.

OH, OH – February 10, 2016

First off, thank you for all the wonderful well wishes I received on my stupid injury. They are really appreciated and I’m working really hard on getting better by doing “nothing!”, excepting taking some ibuprofen and taking it easy, per Dr. Bob’s orders!

Meanwhile, to paraphrase a famous quote; “Coupeville, we have a problem!” It seems that the bank along Front Street in the Town of Coupeville is falling away and that’s not good.

Monday, during my walk, I noticed these barriers and police tape along Front Street.

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Upon closer inspection I noticed where the bank was eroding away, just to the right of the fence post above.

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Yesterday, on the KOMO News 4 web site, I read, “Erosion threatens Whidbey Island’s historic Coupeville waterfront”, Oh, Oh!

It goes on to say: “

COUPEVILLE, Wash. – A local town that has stood for more than 150 years is now standing closer to the edge of a cliff.

The bluff under Coupeville on Whidbey Island is eroding. A large crack just opened up and prompted the city to put up safety measures.

The fissure opened up a few weeks ago, forcing officials to shut down the nearby sidewalk just a few blocks up from the historic downtown core of Coupeville.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit the town, which was founded in 1852. Several shops in town have stood open for more than 150 years.

But many of the waterfront businesses are now propped up by pylons and don’t have much land to give.

The city is looking at solutions – like a retaining wall, which would be expensive.

But for now, they’re turning to less expensive options, such as limiting truck traffic in the area, which is a relief to homeowners watching the cracks grow.

“We were concerned about the weight on the road because of the big garbage trucks and recycle trucks and propane truck – actually you can feel the vibrations sometimes when they go by,” says one local resident, Mary Young.

Geotechnical experts say the bluff is losing about two inches a year, which adds up to about eight feet over the next 50 years.

That may not sound like a lot, but most buildings have little to lose as it is.

The mayor has even talked about cutting traffic down two or three blocks. And city officials know something will have to be done. But it’s unclear how long that will take and what it will cost.”

This is where the current erosion is:

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It sounds like Coupeville City Council has it work cut out over the next few years. I wonder if our taxes will be going up.

Stay tuned 🙂