May 2015 Beach Grass Planting

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This and next weekend you can help out.
From Town of Hempstead:

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and Councilman Bruce Blakeman announced that the town is seeking groups, clubs and organizations to volunteer planting beach grass at Point Lookout Town Park on May 9th and May 16th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The planting of beach grass preserves the important sand dunes that protect our shoreline communities and beaches. The dunes are the last line of defense between the surging waters of the Atlantic and area homes and businesses located on the barrier island.

“Preserving our dunes is paramount for the protection of the communities on our barrier island,” Murray said. “Since Superstorm Sandy, we’ve worked hard to rebuild our dunes and it’s crucial to plant beach grass to preserve and prepare them for future storms.”

Since Sandy hit our area, dedicated volunteers have planted American beach grass plants (also known as ammophila breviligulata) at the dunes throughout the barrier island communities including Point Lookout, Lido Beach and East Atlantic Beach.

“The dunes provide a protective barrier for our beautiful beachside communities, and we seek volunteers to help us preserve them for the future,” King Sweeney said. “Planting beach grass helps us in our efforts to safeguard our coastline,” Blakeman added.

“Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped us plant beach grass in the past,” Santino said. “But our job is not done yet, we still need volunteers to protect our barrier island communities.”

Beyond combating erosion, the shoreline vegetation can actually help dunes grow in size by trapping sand in its elongated flowering spikes. As sand builds up around the new grass, stems grow higher, and newly sand-covered stems become part of the root structure.

Hempstead Town has built up dunes in Lido Beach, Point Lookout and East Atlantic Beach over several decades, and constant upkeep and repairs have been executed by the town’s Conservation and Waterways Department. Unfortunately, Sandy’s floodwaters severely damaged the dune network. At the same time, town dune structures spared local residents from even more severe devastation than would have occurred in the absence of the protective barriers.

“I want to thank volunteer groups who want to help with the important work of planting beach grass on the shoreline of America’s largest township,” Murray said. “With their help, our communities will be safer and better protected from storms that could impact us in the future.”

Participants are asked to bring gloves and a shovel. Groups wishing to volunteer should contact the town’s Department of Conservation and Waterways at (516) 431-9200.

Beach Grass Planting today, Saturday 12/13/14 9AM

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after the beautiful sunrise this morning, now its time for you to rise and shine and help plant our share of 250,000 beach grass plants.  (Ok, so that photo isn’t this morning)

bring:

  • Hand shovel
  • Items to keep hands warm
  • Warm Clothes

Town of Hempstead says at TOH Town Beach East Bath House

PLCA say Second/ Middle Beach

close enough, see you there.

Dune Grass Planting 2014

The Turbek / Enfield Family were one of many who made the day a family outing!

The Turbek / Enfield Family were one of many who made the day a family outing!

The wet and cloudy weather didnt stop about 75 volunteers- more a gathering of friends and family of all ages, as they dug the sand and planted the new beach grass.

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It started on the east side of the new “boardwalk” and dune overpass to the inlet.

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when that was done, everyone went west from the “boardwalk”

In all, about 150,000 plants were placed, three times the amount we did last year! When they plants take full root, they fortify, almost solidify, the sand dune into a hardened barrier against storm waves, harder to wash away than just a pile of sand.

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What a great day where neighbors literally planted the future protection of our town in the newly built up dunes. Thanks To All who helped! Thank you to Town of Hempstead and Town employees who have done a great job at our beach and made it all happen!

Not Cancelled – Today’s Event: Dune Grass Planting 4/26/14

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Update:  this event is definitely still on with the light rain expected to end soon. see you there!

 

In fact it is perfect conditions for the plants!

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Join your neighbors and fortify our dune system.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 am
at Civic Beach.

Don’t forget your trowel and gloves!

Where Our Dunes Have Gone

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I was at the beach two nights ago and I was stunned to notice that what had been the back line of the beach / the beginning of the dunes and back fence on Second Beach, on the South West side of town, was no longer there as you can see in the picture above.

Someone there asked if I knew what had happened.

With the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen that came through here late last week, I was worried. That eroded away Gilgo beach all the way up to Ocean Parkway, closing 2 lanes as I write this.

Not to worry! I spoke with Ron Masters from Town of Hempstead’s Department of Conservation and Waterways at the NYS Rising meeting. He told me the town has done this on purpose. They pushed the loose sand back to preserve it from being washed away in winter storms, and hopefully provide a wider, fatter berth when the Army Corps of Engineers project comes in.

So no need to panic like I did, once you know it was done on purpose and not by erosion.

Thanks to the town for their proactive stance to protect us and our resources.