PORT ARANSAS (December 2, 2013) Crews are using 700-pound boulders to protect the Port Aransas Nature Preserve as part of a $1 million anti-erosion project, and work on the rock shoreline is nearly complete.
Helen Young with the Texas General Land Office says the project will restore about 2,000 linear feet of limestone blocks damaged or sunk in 2008 after Hurricane Ike.
Young said tidal surges and heavy ship channel traffic cause erosion to the nature preserve shoreline.
Work began in early October and project manager Dennis Rocha says a final inspection could come next week.
Port Aransas pledged about $120,000 for the project; the rest of the funding is from state and federal sources.