Sand fences put up along Cameron coast to create dunes - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sand fences put up along Cameron coast to create dunes

CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana organized a volunteer project to set up fences along the Cameron coast to help create new sand dunes.

"It will help capture sand that blows ashore and washes ashore," Restoration Coordinator Hilary Collis said.

Collis said since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost about 1,800 square miles of wetlands and through this effort, by installing the fences, it will help enhance the habitat and beach. 

"They always say dunes act as a first line of defense against storm surge and hurricanes, and it will also help block some of the salt water that creeps into our freshwater marshes," Collis said.

Plenty of volunteers came down to the Cameron coast to lend a helping hand in installing the 9,000 feet of fence. 

People from all over the country recognized the importance to restore the coast, some coming in as far as New York, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

"It's a problem that can't be ignored anymore, so it's really great to get people out and learning about it," Collis said.

For more information on how to get involved with The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana visit their website here. 

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