Galveston uses “waste” dredge sand to restore beach lost a century ago

Parts of Galveston Island, Texas are getting a much needed facelift.

Crews have spent the past few months creating beaches in between 61st Street west to 71st Street. It’s the first time this century the area has seen new sand.

The $8.9 million project uses material dredged by the US Army Corps of Engineers to construct land alongside Seawall Blvd.

Project manager Tricia Campbell told abc13 her teams dredge the navigation channel every 18 to 24 months.

They usually just toss the material into the open ocean for cost reasons.

This time around, the city of Galveston along with the park board and Texas general land office teamed up to make the beach project possible.

Galveston is building its beaches for a lot of reasons. First to protect the seawall and to protect the property behind the seawall. Another reason is for recreation,” said Mary Beth Bassett with the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We have beach where there wasn’t beach before. It’s a game changer for Galveston.

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