Luella Harder

‘Design aesthetic’ of Crescent Beach erosion control lauded

The City of Surrey is testing a new erosion-control structure in Crescent Beach.

The City of Surrey is keeping tabs on a new erosion-control structure in Crescent Beach, hoping it will prove successful in also easing beach access.

The letdown, located at the end of Beecher Street, was constructed in October with marine-friendly composite plastic. Earlier this year, the city had spent $1.4 million to replace 26 deteriorating wood groynes with the same material.

In an email to city staff, Erik Seiz – president of the Crescent Beach Property Owners Association – says it is working nicely.

“We really appreciate the engineering genius and design aesthetic,” Seiz writes. “The use of specially fabricated, reclaimed material, in this ‘world first’ erosion management structure, appears to be an excellent choice.”

Carrie Baron, the city’s drainage and environment manager, told PAN Thursday the success of the work – which cost about $50,000 – remains to be seen.

“We are not sure how how well it will perform in the storm surges yet so (we) are monitoring it,” Baron said by email.

She added there are no plans at this time to build more of the structures along the frontage.

 

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