Galveston Beach Renourishment Underway
by: Jim Bell, December 18, 2008 9:12:46 pm
Dump trucks hired by the Texas General Land Office are carrying sand from Apffel Park on East Beach to the beach in front of the Seawall between 43rd and 61st Streets. Land Office spokesman Jim Suydam says the fresh sand will do a lot to repair the shore erosion caused by Hurricane Ike, but there's a more important goal — to protect the 100 year old Seawall itself.
"Older parts of the Seawall have timber pilings underneath, and if water from the next storm surge that's going to come from the next storm were to wash under there it could potentially collapse the Seawall and that could be catastrophic for Galveston."
Nearly half a million cubic yards of sand will be used in this project. The sand has been dredged up from a submerged sandbar offshore, and there's plenty more where this came from, if it's needed. It's going to take all of next year to complete this project, and it'll cost six million dollars, with the state picking up most of the tab.
"That comes from the state's Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act Fund. That's basically state general revenue money that the legislature has appropriated for coastal projects."
The Galveston Parks Board will kick in one and a half million dollars. Suydam says they hope to get as much of the beach restored as possible before March. That's when the sea turtle nesting season begins, and the project will shut down.
"We can't do the dredging work and the beach work during turtle nesting season because it's so important not to disturb the nests."
After turtle nesting season, the renourishment will resume and continue all the way into town at 10th Street.
Jim Bell, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.
For more information visit the article on the Galveston-dot-com web site.