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Sunset Beach to receive $35K grant for 'Living Shoreline'

Updated: Oct. 30, 2017 at 3:43 PM EDT
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SUNSET BEACH, NC (WECT) - The Town of Sunset Beach has received a grant of almost $35,000 from Duke Energy to improve water quality in Mary's Creek.

The grant will go towards installing a "Living Shoreline" east of the Town Park.

A "Living Shoreline" is a type of wetland construction designed to decrease wave energy, improve water filtration and stabilize sediment in a body of water by installing native organisms.

"This project will serve as an important advancement in combining environmental quality and community outreach," said Mayor Robert Forrester. "I would like to thank Duke Energy for believing in this project and I look forward to working with the community to create a healthier ecosystem."

Project partners also include a UNCW Intern and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

The community will be involved in the installation of oyster reefs as well as planting marsh vegetation. Post installation, an educational kiosk will be erected to provide public park visitors with more information about "Living Shorelines."

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