The Galveston Park Board of Trustees on Thursday voted to accept a $450,000 state grant for a project to mitigate erosion on the West End.
The grant will aid in the park board’s fourth such project in more than three years. In March, the park board completed a $19.5 million project to replenish sand on the Seawall beach between 12th and 61st streets.
The grant totals $450,000, and the park board will match it with $150,000, according to the grant agreement. The match money comes from another grant from the city of Galveston Industrial Development Corporation.
Officials will hire a contractor to strengthen the dune lines on a 2,300-foot length of beach, between the western end of the seawall and the Dellanera RV Park, documents show.
The grant money will mostly be used to strengthen the dune lines, park board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun said.
“The area at the end of seawall has the highest rate of erosion on the island,” de Schaun said. “The dune has served its purpose. I’m of the opinion that if we didn’t have the dune there, the water would come across (FM) 3005.”
The city, park board and the General Land Office added a half-mile of beach to the area in 2015. That project cost $4.8 million and was funded by the park board, city, land office and private property owners near the RV park.
Much of that sediment eroded, in part because of Tropical Storm Bill, land office spokeswoman Brittany Eck said. That storm made landfall in Texas in June 2015, about a month after Galveston officials and the land office celebrated the end of the first Dellanera beach-building project.
The project also serves a dual purpose of protecting FM 3005, which is an evacuation route off the island, Eck said.
“Continued nourishment will be needed to regularly maintain this area to protect the road and public infrastructure along this stretch,” Eck said.
Park board officials said they didn’t have an official estimate of how much sand eroded because of Hurricane Harvey, which hit Southeast Texas in late August and resulted in devastating flooding to the area. The storm also caused elevated storm surge along the coast, though the highest surge occurred at a point further south.
Most of the sand appears to still be in the system and has not been entirely lost, however, de Schaun said.
The contract with the land office is effective through Aug. 31, 2019, according to the grant agreement.