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Beach Grass Protects Land from Sand Dunes in Strong Winds

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Blustery days blow sand off Delaware's dunes, but beach grass is there to catch it.

The sand dunes are in place to protect homes and businesses on the other side of the ocean , but during the colder months, the beach grass is needed to protect those areas from the blowing sand. Beach grass traps the sand and even builds up the dunes. According to DNREC scientists however, there are some bare areas, and they need to encourage the growth of these protective barriers. 

Volunteers come out every year to plant the beach grass, and the effort is noticed by many, including Stephen Cobb, the food and beverage director at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach.

"Well the sand gets picked up by the wind and blows it right onto the building or the glass or the boardwalk here," he explained. "It's really just a nuisance, it doesn't cause us any major problems, but if you are walking on the boardwalk and its north northeast wind pretty heavy you can get pelted."

DNREC officials said weather like this affecting the dunes is a natural process, however, as development continues, the area becomes less natural.

"The dune grass protects a lot of the sand and keeps it in place but there is sometimes where it would spray up onto the property or the window," Cobb said.

So keep off the dunes and beach grass, but be glad they're there.

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