Environmental Project Returns to Tobay Beach March 25

If you love visiting Tobay Beach and want to help ensure that the beach’s environment remains as beautiful as ever, then you may be interested in joining with fellow volunteers and Town officials at the Annual Tobay Beach Dune Stabilization Project, scheduled for Saturday, March 25, at 10:00 a.m. according to Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson.

“One of the Town’s top priorities has been the preservation of the environmental and structural integrity of our beaches,” Councilwoman Johnson said. “For almost 30 years, the Dune Stabilization Project has been an immensely popular activity that brings out volunteers of all ages who leave with a feeling of accomplishment. The dunes in Tobay Beach continue to face environmentally damaging storms that have a significant impact on them. The efforts of this project make significant progress in shoring these sandy barriers for future generations.”

Councilwoman Johnson noted that the planting of dune grass provides a natural shield that is perfect for withstanding storm surges and high winds. “One of the more wonderful aspects of the Dune Stabilization Project is that people can actually witness the results of their hard work. The dune grass they planted will go on to preserve the dunes of the beach they enjoy so much,” Councilwoman Johnson said.  “Each year countless volunteers show up for the event and plant thousands of stalks of dune grass and it is my hope this year has the biggest attendance yet.”

Councilwoman Johnson encourages residents interested in volunteering or seeking more information to contact the Department of Environmental Resources at 677-5943, or visit www.oysterbaytown.com.