September 13, 2017 2:48 pm

Environment Hamilton to help re-vegetate eroded shoreline near Waterfront trail

City of Hamilton

The Hamilton community will be coming together to combat shoreline erosion near the Waterfront trail this weekend.

High water levels and turbulent weather took a toll on the popular trail over the Spring, prompting the City of Hamilton to close the area to visitors for months.

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Environment Hamilton’s Diana Gora says the intention was to create a barrier of vegetation to protect the area back in May but mother nature got there first.

“All the sand that we were supposed to plant in, was washed away,” said Gora.

Now that the water has receded and wind and waves have pushed more sand to the shore, Environment Hamilton and the Hamilton Naturalists’ club are ready to try again.

“It’s now full of sand but it’s barren and the best way to keep all the sand, keep it from eroding is to plant native vegetation,” said Gora.

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More than 5,000 plants, including Marram grass and milkweed will be introduced to a section of shoreline near Dexter Avenue on Saturday.

Residents looking to help are encouraged to lend a hand between 10 and noon.

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