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Beach grass planting

 

Beachgrass planting Fenwick Island26th Annual Beach Grass Planting another big success!

The Shoreline and Waterway Management Section would like to thank all the volunteers who came out on Saturday, March 21, 2015 and helped us plant over 2 miles of coastline with Cape American Beach Grass. We would also like to thank PepsiCo and Giant of Millville, Del., for providing beverages to the volunteers; along with the Lewes Fire Department, Inc. for providing ice and the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen for providing food.

We hope to see you all again next year!

If you wish to be put on our e-mailing list for future beach grass plantings, please email Jennifer Luoma to have your name added.

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 email your questions to Jennifer Luoma.

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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