No more East & West Ship Island – just Ship Island

It’s been a long time since Ship Island has been whole, and it has not been easy. The $400 million project that is pumping millions of cubic yards of sand is a joint effort between the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service. It is connecting the 3.5-mile cut originally created by Hurricane Camille and widened by Hurricane Katrina. People may look at the sand beach and think nothing of it. In fact, they make take it for granted in years to come. However, it took a long time to build this 500-foot wide sand beach that’s 5 feet tall, and it means so much more than just connected East Ship Island to West Ship Island. It’s good news for the economy, ecology and protection of our coastline. The island has been breached before but was able to restore itself, but until this intervention, there hasn’t been enough natural flow of sand that would have fixed the missing piece. Restoration is huge for the Gulf Islands National Seashore, which draws 5 million people a year, more than Yellowstone.

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