Airmen work to stabilize shoreline at Langley

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Local airmen are working to stabilize the shoreline at Langley Air Force Base.

Volunteers worked to plant 3,000 vegetation plugs along the Back River near the base. In addition to the grass, they’re also adding sand and stones. The goal is to help prevent erosion and enhance the wetlands.

Tom Olexa, Natural Resource Manager for 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron, told, “Living shoreline projects like this are common. They mainly are to prevent erosion, then second, water conservation because the vegetation filters, and third is native grasses when the tides come in creates a good ecological section of the shoreline.”

About 30 volunteers are involved in the project.

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