The Galveston Park Board of Trustees is considering construction of a breakwater offshore of Dellanera RV Park in hopes of reducing sand loss in the area.
A breakwater is an artificial offshore structure that protects a harbor or a shoreline from the force of waves. Breakwaters can be made of stones, concrete or other materials.
The beach around the RV park, 10901 FM 3005, has one of the highest rates of erosion on the island, up to 8 feet a year, according to the park board.
That erosion is a hazard for FM 3005, a major thoroughfare and an evacuation route during a hurricane, according to the park board.
The park board is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine a structure and design for a breakwater that would most effectively reduce erosion in that area, according to the park board.
The park board has made other efforts recently to slow erosion in the area.
In 2015, crews laid 118,000 cubic yards of sand in a collaboration among the park board, Texas General Land Office, the city, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Seascape Condominiums.
The park board has been working with state and local entities to lay hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of sand along island beaches, mostly concentrated in front of the seawall.
The park board started talking with the corps about a hard structure in the area after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Although the storm didn’t cause the same destruction to homes and businesses on the island as it did on the mainland, it caused severe beach erosion.
The area already is slated for some attention.
The park board has a project on the books to lay sand around Dellanera as part of a Harvey mitigation project and another beach construction project down the line that will lay sand from the RV park to at least 8 Mile Road.
Original article here: GALVNEWS.COM