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Innovative repair restores estuary trail

Modified: Friday, Nov 25th, 2011

Collaborative effort uses ‘ecologically sound’ solution to coastal erosion

Yaquina Bay’s only interpretive estuary trail, and one of only a few public access points to the estuary, remains partially closed after a partial fix on a section of the trail that closed in March due to the effects of erosion.

Oregon Army National Guard soldiers wrapped up the project - a cobble-gravel dynamic revetment installed along 260 feet of an “unnatural” sandy beach made of dredge spoils - on Nov. 10, several days ahead of schedule. The trail is a vital part of interpretive efforts at Oregon State University (OSU)’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in South Beach. HMSC officials said two years of harsh winter weather sloughed away the sandy beach along the trail, undercutting the trail in several places.

As part of the National Guard’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program, work crews from Detachment 1, 224 Engineer Company in Newport worked on the exposed beach during

For the complete article see the 11-26-2011 issue.

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