Checking local beaches for possible erosion

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Scientists were out Thursday checking out the condition of Rhode Island’s beaches, including how much erosion has occurred.

With carefully measured steps down Misquamicut Beach, Bryan Oakley almost looked like a football referee measuring a first down. Actually, he’s a geologist from Eastern Connecticut State University.

“We are measuring with what we call an RTK GPS, and we measure a series of profiles here once a month year round,” he told Eyewitness News on Thursday.

Oakley said he was measuring the amount of sand on the beach to track how much is left from the big sand replenishment project back in 2014.

“If we are going to spend the kind of money on replenishment – that project was north of $3 million dollars – it’s important to keep track of how much sand is here and if it’s actually worth doing,” he said.

For more on the measurements, watch Meteorologist Peter Mangione’s report in the video above. 

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