EBC Ascending Professionals Committee Site Visit: Duxbury Beach Reservation – Dune Enhancement


Date: September 24, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


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Site Visit Details

Duxbury Beach is a dynamic environment with an ever-changing landscape.  The barrier beach system is shaped by the wind, waves, currents, and tides that constantly impact the shoreline.  While the Duxbury barrier beach has long served as a valuable recreational resource and critical ecological habitat, it also provides crucial storm protection to the mainland and the vibrant resources within Duxbury Bay.  Now, the potential acceleration of climate change, sea level rise, and increasing erosion inducing events are adding expanded pressure to the durability of the beach system.  With these mounting pressures, increased resiliency of the barrier beach is paramount.  Armed with an improved understanding of the coastal processes that influence and shape the Duxbury Beach landscape, Woods Hole Group and the Duxbury Beach Reservation technical committee developed and prioritized resiliency adaptations geared towards improving the overall resilience of the barrier beach system.

This EBC Ascending Professionals program focuses on the implementation of the first resiliency adaptation at Duxbury Beach, a 3,700 linear-foot dune enhancement project completed during the winter of 2018-2019 along one of the narrowest sections of the barrier beach and dune system.  The goal of this initial dune restoration was to increase the resiliency of the area between the first and second vehicle crossovers to the beach, while waiting for a longer-term, larger-scale regional beach nourishment project to be funded and constructed.  The project included the restoration of the existing dune system (extending for 3,700 linear-feet with a crest elevation of 17.0 feet NAVD88 and a width of approximately 50-feet), improvements to the existing vehicle crossovers, installation of drift-fencing, resetting of permanent symbolic timbers, and installation of nearly 250,000 square feet of American Beach Grass plantings.

Final Agenda – Ascending Professionals Committee: Duxbury Site Visit

High Pines

This program will be hosted at a rustic outbuilding called High Pines on the back side of the barrier beach.  The facility has bathroom facilities, electricity, and WiFi, but no potable water.  Please plan accordingly.

Site Visit Safety

This program includes a visit to a recently completed project.  Please be prepared to walk for approximately 1-mile over loose sand and gravel.  Please bring along appropriate footwear, warm layers, and a rain jacket.

Driving Directions

It is recommended that program participants take Exit 11 off of Route 3, continue on Route 14 through the Town of Duxbury, and cross the Powder Point Bridge to access Duxbury Beach.  Once you have crossed the Powder Point Bridge, take a right and continue down the dirt access road for approximately 1 mile.  Please follow the signs to High Pines, which is located on the left-hand side of the road.    


Site Visit Chair:

  • Adam Finkle, Coastal Scientist, Woods Hole Group, Inc.

Site Visit Presenter:

  • Brynna McGlathery, Reservation Coordinator, Duxbury Beach Reservation

Attendee List

Sam Chapin, Brown and Caldwell, Senior principal
Elisabeth Cianciola, ESS Group, Inc., Project Scientist
Ron Ferraiuolo, SumCo Eco-Contracting, Team Lead
Adam Finkle, Woods Hole Group, Coastal Scientist
Jonathan Gawrys, SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC, Team Lead
Richard Geisler, RPS Group, Vice President
Eric Goodwin, Town of Marshfield, Commissioner
Bill Grafton, Town of Marshfield, Conservation Administrator
Jelena Grbic
Lindi Higgins, AECOM, Senior Scientist/Project Manager
Jim Kilcoyne, Town of Marshfield, Chairman
Elise Leduc, Woods Hole Group, Coastal Scientist
Bert O’Donnell, Town of Marshfield, Vice Chair
Stephen Parker, Tetra Tech, Sr. Project Manager
Neal Price, Horsley Witten Group, Associate Principal, Sr. Hydrogeologist
Anastasia Procaccini, SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC, Sr. Project Coordinator
Belle Procaccini, SumCo Eco-Contracting, Foreman
Brandon Raymond, Geosyntec Consultants, Coastal Engineer
Eric Roberts, The Nature Conservancy, Coastal Resilience Specialist
Sean Scannell, Epsilon Associates, Staff Coastal Scientist
Amos Spencer, Eversource, Environmental Compliance
Chris Stockwell, SumCo Eco-Contracting, Chief of Project Development
Julie Sullivan, Town of Braintree, Stormwater Outreach Coordinator
Meghan Toft, Wilcox & Barton, Inc., Project Engineer

The available presentations from the EBC Ascending Professionals Program Duxbury Beach Reservation – Dune Enhancement Site Visit completed on September 24, 2019, can be viewed below.

Final Presentation – EBC Ascending Professionals Program Duxbury Beach Reservation – Dune Enhancement Site Visit

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