Team members: Nancy Smith,
Maureen Sullivan, Mark Love
Kinney Shores is a north-south trending barrier spit
that terminates in Goosefare Brook. Ferry Beach and the heavily eroding
Camp Ellis make up the remaining extent of the barrier to the south.
Goosefare Brook has an extensive tidal marsh that backs the region.
Relict spits are found in the Goosefare Brook marsh
(Kelley et al., 1989, Farrell, 1972), representing sequential shoreline
positions and a seaward progradation of the shoreline. Progradation
requires input of sediment during the late Holocene. Aerial photos
from 1970 show that the channel was once located further south (Farrell,
1972). The dynamic Goosefare Inlet is highly unstable and humans have greatly
altered the area in recent years. It is the dumping spot for Old
Orchardís treated sewage, which makes the water quality low. In addition,
the inlet was stabilized on its north end by a bulkhead when a railroad
trestle was built for easy access to the other side of the brook (Kelley
et al., 1989).
Kinney Shores is heavily developed and the natural
state of the area has been damaged as a result of seawalls and houses.
Residential development exists along the frontal dunes of the beach, eliminating
the natural sand migration of the beach-dune system (Kelley, et al., 1989).
The 1978 storm caused extensive damage to the area, despite the seawalls
intended to protect property. The northern end, near Goosefare Brook,
is the only area remaining undeveloped.
Goosefare Brook was given its name during colonial
times when migratory birds used the marsh as a refuge (Kelley et al., 1989).
A substantial barrier spit formed several thousand years ago, to the west
side of Route 9. It is now covered with dunes and a Pitch Pine forest.
Dickson, S.M., in press, Beach and Dune Geology, Kinney Shores, Goosefare Brook, Saco, Maine, Maine Geological Survey Open-File Report (Photo 10-20)
Farrell, Stewart C., 1972, Present Coastal Processes, Recorded Changes, and the Post-Pleistocene Geologic Record of Saco Bay, Maine [Unpublished Ph.D. thesis]: University of Massachusetts, 296 p.
Kelley, J.T., Kelley, A.R. and Pilkey, O.H., sr., 1989, Living With the Coast of Maine, Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 174 p.
Kelley, J.T., Shipp, R.C., and Belknap, D.F., 1989, Geomorphology and Late Quaternary Evolution of the Saco Bay Region, Maine Geological Survey: Studies in Maine Geology, vol. 5, p. 47-65.
VanHeteren, S., FitzGerald,
D.M., Barber, D.C., Kelley, J.T., and Belknap, D.F., 1996, Volumetric Analysis
of a New England Barrier System Using Ground-Penetrating-Radar and Coring
Techniques, Journal of Geology, vol. 104, p. 471-483.