Volunteers Plant Grass to Help Shoreline

PANAMA CITY-- The St. Andrews Bay Resource Management Association and the Owners Association of Hibiscus by the Bay joined together Monday morning in a conservation project that benefits both the bay and the condo association.

The Resource Management Association provides assistance to private land owners on the bay by providing cordgrass.

The land owners pay for the cordgrass and volunteers plant it.

The project helps the shoreline without hard seawalls.

Since the cordgrass is an indigenous species, it thrives in the shoreline area and acts like a dune fence, helping add to the size of the shore line.

"The whole cost of materials on this project was under $2,000. Labor comes in with volunteer help. I also want to specifically thank the association here at Hibiscus and the people that came here because without the open mindedness of them helping with the project and giving the green light we wouldn't be doing it either. So it's a good thing for the community and it's a good thing for the waters," Mike Foate, St. Andrews Bay RMA, said.

If you have any questions about participating in such a project you can call the St. Andrews Bay Resource Management Association at 763-4303.

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