Sand Stabilization with American Beachgrass on the North and Middle Atlantic and Great Lakes Coasts
CORPS OF ENGINEERS VICKSBURG MS
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Foredunes function as a reservoir of sand to nourish eroding beaches during storms, and as a levee to prevent the inland penetration of waves and storm surges. Dunes are often created and maintained by the action of beach grasses which trap and hold wind-blown sand. Erosion will occur if this vegetation is damaged as by drought, disease, over-grazing, or waves during severe storms. Damaged or destroyed dune systems can usually be restored by planting beach grasses.