Volunteers help fight coastal erosion - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Volunteers help fight coastal erosion

By Lee Peck - bio | email

GRAND LAKE, LA (KPLC) - The coastline near Grand Lake got some much needed help in the fight against coastal erosion. Volunteers with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the nearby Alcoa Carbon plant planted 75-hunded smooth grass tracks in terraces along the waterway to prevent future storm surge from eating away more land.

The project was funded by a federal government action grant. Alcoa also donated three thousand dollars to the cause.

"Over the course of two hurricanes, it has taken a toll on the terraces in this area. A lot of the vegetation on the terraces has been lost and so what we're trying to do here is revegetate those terraces to keep them intact to prevent further erosion of marsh," said Natalie Snider, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Science Director.

"We saw this as an opportunity to work and help the environment, but basically save our homes and our jobs by putting this grass in... it will help serve as a buffer on the terraces for future storm surge," said Kevin Boll, Alcoa Human Resources Director.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is always looking for volunteers. Click here to find out how you can help make a difference.

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