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November 14, 2011
Oregon Army National Guard assist with erosion control project in Yaquina Bay
NEWPORT, Ore.-Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers have completed an erosion control project near the Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Yaquina Bay.
The project, scheduled to run Nov. 9-21, was completed ahead of schedule.  The project was part of annual training for Soldiers from Det. 1, 224 Engineer Company, based in Newport, Ore.
The Dynamic Revetment project, consisting of laying cobble and gravel, and is expected to preserve portions of the shore along Yaquina Bay, fronting the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).  The goal of the project is to protect a nearby salt water tank and the adjacent Estuary Nature Trail.
Soldiers worked during low tide, allowing them access to the beach for installation of the erosion control system, said George Boehlert, Director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
"The excellent work of the Oregon National Guard has been critical to the success of this project. Their work on the project, which highlights the skills of the 224 Engineering Company, will protect the estuarine trail with an ecologically appropriate solution with a low impact," Boehlert said.
Crews worked during two low tides each day, and the site was illuminated by construction lights, which were visible from the Bayfront, Idaho Point and other residential areas of Newport. Noise from the project was minimal. Work was conducted on exposed beach at low tide.  No "in-water" work was conducted.
The partnership between HMSC, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Oregon National Guard supports their collaborative mission and federal designation as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center.
This is the second such project at HMSC-the first being in March 2007 after beach erosion closed the public estuary trail.  At that time, the Oregon National Guard's Innovative Readiness Training program successfully stabilized over 200 linear feet of shoreline.
The area addressed with this recent project is south of the 2007 area along approximately 500 linear feet of shoreline affected by erosion.
Soldiers and Airmen of the Oregon National Guard participate in community construction projects throughout the year as part of their annual training, or as part of the IRT program.
"These successful partnerships continue to benefit the Oregon National Guard and the communities we serve," said Capt. Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department.
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department: 503-584-3885