The final phase of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District’s $30 million Folly Beach Renourishment project is underway.
“We fence and grass along the existing dune line to capture the recently placed sand,” said David Warren, project manager. “This concept has proven to be very effective in the past and new dunes up to two feet tall can be in seen in about a month.”
This $500,000 fencing and grassing project includes 800 “V-shaped” structures that help trap windblown sand. The “V-shapes” are made of wooden slats and anchored by three posts with the open section of the” V” facing the beach. About 100,000 sea oats and bitter panicum plants will go behind the fences and will be used to help stabilize dune growth.
The District started fencing at the east end of the island at 10th Street East and will continue along the nearly five miles of beach until the Charleston County Park on the west end. The entire project should be completed by March. The District chose this time of year to complete the project because there are fewer people and it won’t have any effect on turtle season, which runs from May through October.
The contractors on this project are Team Henry, who are doing the fencing and grassing, and Earth Balance, who are doing the plantings.