Sand headed to Galveston's $4M beach reconstructionSand headed to Galveston's $4M beach reconstructionhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=39472014-06-12T15:07:00Z2014-06-12T00:00:00Z

GALVESTON - The Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees approved giving almost $997,838 to the Texas General Land Office as part of the local match on a $4 million project that will reconstruct 2,000 feet of beach at the west end of the seawall.

“That’s the highest rate of erosion on the island, and it’s the area where erosion is encroaching on FM 3005, which is the only evacuation route from the West End,” said Kelly de Schaun, park board executive director.

In addition to building out the beach, the project will also build a large dune that will help protect infrastructure.

“One of our big problems with beach nourishment projects along the Texas Coast is that we’re what’s called a sand-starved system, so it’s difficult to find sand,” de Schaun said. “It has to come from a sand source where there’s an abundance of it. That’s usually in the water somewhere.”

The land office has found a source for the sand. The plan is to begin the reconstruction on October 1 and complete it by the end of the year.

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