Dune Not Disturb: Protecting Our Coastal Sand Dunes the Easy Way
Posted by Jody on September 5, 2012
Coastal sand dune protection is serious business, and it’s no wonder why. Beaches and coastal dunes are essential components of the ever changing environment in which sand is continually exchanged and rearranged. Coastal sand dunes are areas of considerable biological diversity, and, according to the Texas General Land Office, “As a resilient natural barrier to the destructive forces of wind and waves, sand dunes are the least expensive and most efficient defense against storm-surge flooding and beach erosion. Dunes absorb the impact of storm surge and high waves, preventing or delaying intrusion of waters into inland areas. Dunes hold sand that replaces eroded beaches after storms and buffer windblown sand and salt spray.”
What is the best way for beach-goers to help protect and preserve our fragile coastal dune systems? We simply use the dune walkover structures and/or enter the beach from designated entry points. No kidding. It’s that easy!
Are you interested in the coastal sand dune environment? The State of Texas has a wonderful resource, jam-packed with information on the preservation and restoration of coastal sand dunes. You can download the free educational handbook here: The Dune Protection and Improvement Manual.
Have a dune-friendly day at the beach!