was scheduled to begin today at Indiana Dunes National Park’s Portage
Lakefront and Riverwalk site, the National Park Service (NPS) is reporting.
sand nourishment, the work involves placing dredged sand, obtained from
other locations, onto beaches to repair damage done by erosion, NPS said.
“While the public
is invited to watch the work from the safety of the pavilion, the beach will
be temporarily closed so heavy equipment can safely move the sand into
place,” NPS said. “The rest of Portage Lakefront, including the pavilion,
the Dig the Dunes Trail Stop food operation, the breakwater, and the hiking
trail will remain open.”
Work is expected to
take three weeks.
“The project has
been funded through the re-allocation of operating funds at Indiana Dunes
National Park,” NPS said. “While the beach nourishment method normally must
be repeated over time, this demonstration project will prove that sand
nourishment is the most effective and environmentally appropriate solution
to beach erosion and, unlike rock walls or shoreline armoring techniques,
does not cause damage to neighboring stretches of beach.”