SEANET beach CT_09 in eastern Connecticut offers a fine complement to last week’s featured beach. CT_09, walked by Joe Poland for just over a year now, is roughly across the mouth of the Thames River from Hugh Sokolski’s CT_10. Like Hugh’s beach, CT_09 is not a big producer of bird carcasses; in fact, Joe has not found a single one in his year with SEANET. His walk is a 1.82 mile stretch spanning three separate beaches in two towns. Mostly sandy, CT_09 also includes lesser amounts of cobble and boulder.
Joe’s beach is frequented by swimmers and sunbathers in the lovely New England summer, and becomes relatively deserted in winter. The beach next door is restricted in summer for Piping Plover nesting season, but Joe’s beach remains open year-round.
Joe himself is a retired chemist who was in the almost constant employ of the Connecticut State Department of Public Health since 1968. He left at the federal government’s request when he was drafted in 1968. After a stint in the Air Force, and a consequent stint in Vietnam, he received an Honorable Discharge in 1972 and returned to Connecticut and the Department of Public Health, though he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Connecticut Air National Guard until 1991.
Professionally, Joe has not been a stranger to issues facing our water; in the latter portion of his career, he specialized in chemical analyses of pesticides and PCBs in drinking water, fish, shellfish and soil. Now retired from that work, he spends his time renovating his lakefront home on Andover Lake in Connecticut, and, we are grateful to say, walking his beach for SEANET.
Thanks Joe! Keep those reports coming; this kind of unbroken, monthly record is the most valuable data our project can get!