Restoring Sand Dunes on South Padre Island

POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Hurricane Dolly and Ike ravaged sand dunes along the Gulf coast, especially on South Padre Island.

There are plans to restore the damaged dunes.

The Town of SPI, The University of Texas Brownsville, and a non-profit organization out of Galveston, Artist Boat are all working hard to re-vegitate the island's sand dunes.

When the storms struck, these waves caused some serious damage to the island's sand dunes.

"The surge was really great here and it eroded away a lot of sand dunes that were very important."

Artist Boat Habitat and Stewardship coordinator, Nicole Ekstrom says, it's time to restore these dunes, at Beach Access 21.

They'll be planting native grasses.

Ekstrom says, the plants will help stabalize the sol and as the sand blows over the dunes, the plants will trap the sand and then the dunes will start to form bigger and bigger.

She says keeping homes and businesses along the beach, safe from the harmful surf is essential.

"The most important thing is that it's a continuous dune line that there aren't any breaks, in the dune line, the height is important."

Beach lover, Louie Cowell says this re-planting project will save the dunes.

"I think that's great, that they're planting. It will make them stronger and as strong as they can, to help them out."

Artist Boat is a non-profit organization which provides environmental education for inner city kids.

This restoration project will take place this Saturday starting at 9 am.

They are looking for more volunteers. If you'd like to help you can e-mail Nicole at: nekstrom@artistboat.org.

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