Sand dunes are the first line of defense

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Images through hurricane Hannah in 2020 present the water crashing towards the sand dunes.

This is a significant issue to coastal investigation scientist as they go on to keep an eye on sand dunes in the Coastal Bend.

“When we have storms is when we have the finest erosion and generally the most apparent to the naked eye,” reported Coastal Investigation Scientist, Deidre Williams.

Williams works with the Conrad Blucher Institute. Where by she scientific studies and monitors how beaches are modifying. Not only along the Gulf Coast but the bays. Williams explained the very last completed study was finished immediately after the 2020 storm period.

“We’re in the system of conducting the restoration survey to see how considerably of the beach is continue to eroding, how considerably of the seaside has stabilized, if any of the beach front has recovered or is in a restoration course of action,” she stated.

Williams tells KRIS 6 News by on the lookout at facts from 2019- pre storm to 2020 publish storm you can see how the elevation of the dunes was impacted.

“Once the dune is compromised. We can have elevated flooding to all the households back again there, accommodations, roadways, and habitat,” mentioned Williams.

As the Conrad Blucher Institute gathers knowledge. There’s hope including additional sand to the beaches in Nueces County will build a more powerful defense in opposition to storms.

“Nueces County can be the receiver of sand when dredge material gets readily available,” Williams explained.

Proper now, Nueces County is in the method of developing this strategy, receiving permits in purchase.

It all be reviewed by the core of engineers, the Texas Basic Land Business office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Throughout this process, customers of the group can voice their opinions in the course of public conferences.

Though the meetings have not been established. Williams stated its probably to be scheduled in the slide.