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Harvested Seaweed to Protect Texas Shoreline
Officials in Texas are planning to use harvested seaweed to strengthen sand dunes so they are able to better withstand the impact of future hurricanes and storms. Over the years, the natural sand dunes along Galveston’s shoreline have eroded, making them more susceptible to damage.

The Galveston Park board of trustees has agreed to invest about $140,000 on the project. "It's part of our ecosystem, so any kind of beneficial use we can find for that material would be highly advantageous, both from an environmental and management standpoint, to make sure our beaches are clean and enjoyable for all of our beachgoers," board executive director Kelly de Schaun told the Houston Chronicle.

As the implanted seaweed deteriorates over time, it will serve as fertilizer for natural vegetation that grows along Galveston's coast. The new vegetation is expected to provide a sustainable natural barrier against future hurricanes.

 
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