Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership
The Great Marsh Resiliency Partnership’s Efforts To Restore The  Sand Dunes Of Newbury, Newburyport And Salisbury, MA Got A Boost In December From PIE-Rivers Partners At The University Of New Hampshire. Led By Coastal Ecologist Dr. Gregg Moore, Volunteers Came Out To Plant Native Dune Grasses And Install Sand Fencing In Preparation For The Coming Winter Storms.

Dune Resiliency Efforts on Salisbury Beaches

IMG_5867While much of Salisbury’s dunes weathered the last few winter storms well and gained sand (photo at right), this section of dune at Center Beach was hit particularly hard (photo below).

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The dune nourishment areas established by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and later planted by University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Restoration Team with help from Triton High School this fall, were all but washed away. Historic pilings were uncovered after the sea scoured years of accumulated sand away, while the adjacent road was partially washed out and local area businesses flooded. University of New Hampshire is working with the Town and DCR to strengthen dune resilience here and throughout Salisbury to help buffer the impact of future storms. Learn more about beach dune restoration projects in Newbury, Newburyport, & Salisbury.