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Friday, November 3, 2017

Marine "Terracing" Affecting Lake Huron Beaches

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

Lake Huron Centre says terracing can be stopped by planting dune grass or sand fences.

You may notice a unique phenomenon happening at your nearest beach.

"Marine Terracing" creates shelf-like shorelines when high waves continually batter sandy coasts.

Coastal Stewardship Coordinator at the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Hannah Cann, says marine terracing is not much cause for concern.

Biologically, Cann says the phenomenon is not damaging to shorelines, but may decrease the amount of smooth sand for beach-goers to enjoy.

Fortunately, there are ways to slow marine terracing.

Cann recommends planting dune grass in sands that could be affected, or installing sand fencing.

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