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Shoring up the dune

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM

City public works crews are close to wrapping up the sand move, as well as work to replace a ruptured water line that caused the mess more than a month ago. Once the line has been fixed and the sand is in place, city officials will replant vegetation lost in the March 2 dune washout.

Grand Haven Public Works Director Bill Hunter said the 119 trees planted on the dune will likely be mature.

“A variety of red oaks, sugar maples, and there will be some black cherry and hemlock,” he said.

A variety of grasses will also be planted to shore up the hill.

“We’re also going to have to install an irrigation system to irrigate it,” Hunter said. “And we’ve got to monitor it for the next five years.”

The monitoring is needed to determine if the dune is re-establishing itself.

Grand Haven resident Doug Jaynes said he couldn’t help but notice all of the sand moving from the beach to the hillside.

“I've never seen the sand hauled away like they are doing this year,” he said. “The dump trucks have been running all evening for what seems like a week now.”

There have also been some concerns by residents who say the use of beach sand won’t be good for the hill restoration.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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