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Beach grass planting


Beachgrass planting Fenwick Island25th Annual Beach Grass Planting is a success!

Beach nourishment that took place as a result of Hurricane Sandy has rebuilt the dunes north of the Indian River Inlet to protect Route 1. Volunteers came out to plant beach grass in that area on March 22, 2014, so the dunes may start to stabilize and build again.

DNREC would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up a beautiful Saturday morning to help! To learn more, click here.

If you wish to be put on our e-mailing list for future beach grass plantings, please e-mail Jennifer Luoma at

About the beach grass planting:

 Beachgrass planting at Bethany BeachVolunteers are the backbone of Delaware's shoreline stabilization. Every spring since 1990, many dedicated volunteers have stabilized Delaware's sand dunes by planting more than 5 million stems of Cape American beachgrass along ocean and bay beaches.

Sand dunes are more than beautiful! Sand dunes provide protection against damaging coastal storms by absorbing wave energy. Sand dunes offer protection by acting as major sand storage areas which replenish sand to eroded beaches during storm events. Without sand dunes, storm waves rush inland and flood properties.

Dunes are unstable - subject to the ravages of wind and water. Beachgrass helps build and stabilize dunes. Blades of grass help trap wind blown sand which can create new dunes and expland existing dunes.

To promote new dune growth and to help protect inland properties from the ravages of flood waters, we must limit – and sometimes prohibit –people and vehicles from crossing dunes in all but designated areas. Especially as applies to beachgrass, which has thick, brittle stalks that can easily be broken and destroyed by pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Please help conserve Delaware's beaches by telling friends and family about the importance of beachgrass, and reminding them to stay off of the dunes.

If you have questions about beach grass planting, or would like additional information about it, please call (302) 739-9921 or e-mail your questions to

Also, please visit: Dune Protection and Improvement and Barrier Island/Sand Cycle to learn more about beach and dune preservation.

Photos by Jennifer Wheatley


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