Monitoring the Wilderness Breach
Monitoring of the Wilderness Breach began within 48 hours of Hurricane Sandy. The State University of New York at Stony Brook, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and other coastal experts continue to regularly monitor conditions of the breach (breach shoreline position, depth, and tidal exchange), and water levels and water quality in the Great South Bay.
As of March 2018, the wilderness breach on the northern shoreline was 590 feet, and the width of the southern shoreline of the breach was 1,180 feet. Extensive shoaling has occurred within the breach, as well as in the Great South Bay just north of the breach, and in the Atlantic Ocean south of the breach.
Learn more about the breach's shifting shorelines and shoals.
Water Levels and Water Quality in the Great South Bay