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My apologies for sending out a bum email address last week with my note (below) about beach cleaning and its effects on shorebirds. I know some people wrote to that address and their emails bounced. Here is the correct one:
mass....@mass.gov - Bill Hickey, DCR Community Relations,
In addition, I have the following emails for highers up in DCR; it could be useful to copy your note to these folks:
brian....@mass.gov - DCR Commissioner
eric.s...@mass.gov - Director of Ecology
jorge...@mass.gov - Senior Coastal Ecologist
env.in...@mass.gov - Rebecca Teppers, Secretary of Environment and Energy
Since my email went out, I have received various supportive responses -- I thank y'all for expressing your concerns.
Here is some additonal information that might be helpful for you to have and, if you choose, to use in your emails: Seaweed, when it washes up on a beach, becomes wrack; and wrack is an integral part of beach self-restoratrion. As the wrack rots and mixes with sand, it essentially fertilizes the sand, making it a medium where dune plants can grow and stabilize the beach against erosion. So without the natural deposition of wrack, or if it is removed, the beach is destabilized. Towns and state agencies are trying to stabilize beaches in order to prevent damage to structures and homes behind those beaches. They are wasting public money and making beaches and beach erosion worse, not better, when they remove wrack.
Again, thanks everyone for showing support for our abused coastal wetlands and beaches and for shorebirds.