Contact: Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Volunteers needed for extra day of beach grass planting
at Bethany Beach on March 30
BETHANY BEACH (March 27, 2012) – Volunteers are needed for an additional day of beach grass planting scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 30 at Bethany Beach, to plant those dune areas not rebuilt and ready in time for the annual beach grass planting on March 24. Volunteers are asked to meet at the east end of Ocean View Parkway near the Addy Sea Bed and Breakfast.
Sand dunes are essential for protection against damaging coastal storms. When sand dunes are destroyed, storm waves can rush inland, flood properties and put lives at risk. Stabilized dunes absorb wave energy and act as major sand storage areas which replenish sand to eroded beaches during a storm. Beach grass helps to build and stabilize dunes by trapping windblown sand. As the grass traps the sand, it builds the dunes higher and wider, providing better protection to structures behind them. Since DNREC’s beach grass planting program was introduced in 1989, more than 5 million stems of beach grass have been planted by dedicated volunteers.
For more information about the March 30 beach grass planting, please contact Jennifer Luoma, beach grass planting program coordinator, at 302-739-9921 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Section coordinates the annual beach grass planting event. The section also implements beach replenishment and erosion control projects along Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay communities to enhance, preserve and protect private and public beaches.
Vol. 42, No. 105