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APWA Georgia Chapter Service Project Protects Dunes in Glynn County, GA
Jekyll Island, GA – Public works personnel from all over Georgia attended the APWA Georgia Chapter’s annual conference on Jekyll Island in July, but several attendees extended their participation beyond the continuing education classes offered.
A dozen members of the chapter spent the last day of their annual conference leaving their mark with a service project at the beach replacing some old sand fencing.
“Glynn County is supplying the material, and it’s a Glynn County project, but the labor is being provided by APWA as part of their volunteer project,” said Ben Pierce, roads and drainage division manager for Glynn County Public Works.
APWA Georgia Chapter Board Member Chuck Mathis said the fencing not only helps build up dunes but can also stop visitors from trekking through the dunes, which can dislodge sand and speed up erosion.
“This is the area where it’s eroding away at. On the other side, people aren’t walking through there,” Mathis said. “But because of this parking lot right here, people are taking the path of least resistance instead of going through the boardwalk entrance.”
Mathis said the APWA Georgia Chapter chose the project as their yearly sustainability initiative and to close out the chapter’s annual convention.
Beachgoers complained last year when they put up fencing, said APWA Georgia Chapter President Lawrence Jeter, and the fences were eventually knocked down.
“Now we’re back, and we’re going to do the fencing a little bit different to make it harder to knock down,” Jeter said.
For additional information:
Roads and Drainage Division Manager, Glynn County Public Works
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