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In October of 2016, Phase III was launched
and is currently ongoing, and the temporary
inconvenience put forth by the presence of shore
pipes on the beach is greatly surpassed by the
far-reaching implications of the project. “This is
a highly scientific undertaking,” attests DeShaun,
“It is more than just civil works.”
The Park Board commissioned studies of
Galveston’s beaches with a specific emphasis on
surveying the local sand “system” to see where
the sand is moving. With significant input from
the Engineer Research and Development Center,
the think-tank of the Army Corps of Engineers,
the Park Board was able to determine where and
how often to replenish the beaches.
Phase III is in the process of restoring 100-150
feet of beach along a four-mile stretch from 10
Street to 61
Street. The $19.5 million task will
require one million cubic yards of fill, nearly
double the amount used for Phase II, and it
will rank as the largest beach restoration in
Galveston’s history. The three phases together
represent a $44 million upgrade to the city’s
beaches, the third single-largest investment ever
made in the Texas Coast.
But the benefits of the project do not cease
with quantifiable, monetary contributions. The
sand for Phase III is being taken from Big Reef,
located just east of the Island’s East Beach, and
the sand resource there was determined to have
actually accumulated from sand that was initially
already on Galveston Island. This establishes the
Bulldozers preparing a levee where more fill will be pumped
Beach in front of 28th Street being replenished
Levees are built of sand in order to trap the watery fill on the beach
MARCH 2017 |
Photos by Kimber Fountain