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Jul 3, 2014 10:03 AM by Edna Cortinas ecortinas@kristv.com

Seaweed Solutions on Area Beaches for the Fourth

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX- If a trip to either Nueces County or Port Aransas beaches is on your agenda for the weekend there's some good news. Crews have been hard at work, cleaning up seaweed and getting rid of the stench that's been plaguing our shorelines this season.

"If you're not here early you're not going to find a place to set up, that's how busy it's going to be,"said Scott Cross, Director, Coastal Parks Nueces County.

Good advice to follow for those headed out to area beaches this Fourth of July weekend.

The large crowds anticipated are another reason why beach crews have been working overtime and using their own way of fighting what they say was a horrific seaweed problem, but is normal now.

Cross says,"The idea is...is that we're going to help stabilize the shoreline by leaving it in place and working it into the shoreline and then the succession of that's going to be it breaks down and helps feed all the organisms and invertebrates there and that supports the whole food web."

Nueces County has been using this strategy since last year because they just can't remove seaweed from the beach take it to the dump or simply burn it.

While Nueces County might have their own method of dealing with seaweed, crews in Port Aransas have been piling it up, but come 4th of July weekend these man-made mountains will no longer be here.

Since Mid-May, bulldozers and dump trucks have been on port a beaches moving mounds of seaweed to restructure the dunes for protection against storm surge.

"We have a core, General Land Office permit to cut a notch in the dunes and move that sand out into the water fill that notch up with the seaweed and the sand mixture and in two years time it turns into sand," said Johnny White, Director, Port Aransas Public Works.

As for the rancid smell in the air at Port Aransas beaches White says you won't have to worry about that this weekend either and those already on the beach agree.

Jamie Zoch, visiting Port Aransas from Waco, says, "They're doing a good job cleaning it up. Come on down and enjoy it, enjoy the sun, enjoy the beach, just enjoy everything."

Crews on both beaches plan to continue working through the holiday focusing more on trash pick up along the shoreline and any other issues that may come up over the weekend.

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