9-24-13 Bluff erosion - St. Michael, Alaska
OBSERVATION: The IGAP Staff took Mike Brubaker out riding around St. Michael's coast to look at eroded bluffs. We came along new areas of erosion along the St. Michael Russian Garden Bluff area. It is important to document this because St. Michael Island is getting smaller due to land eroding along our coast. Compared to 50 years back, our Island was higher and had more land. Michelle Snowball & Aida Cheemuk
LEO COMMENT: A newly discovered erosion feature (above photo) and an unexpected benefit (photo), access restored along the beach because of the cliff erosion under the old airstrip. The armor rock on the right prevented beach passage here for years. The post will also be forwarded to the US Army Corps of Engineers to appraise them of the erosion situation.