Intertidal Reefs Protect PEI Shoreline from Storm Surge, Climate Change

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Two sandstone reefs installed by the Prince Edward Island government along the Souris causeway are having their intended effect. The offshore breakwaters, or intertidal reefs, are designed to protect the causeway—the main route into town—and the picturesque shoreline from the punishing effects of climate change and storm surge events.

Souris residents are excited to see sand building-up along the beach area instead of leaving due to erosion, reports the province. The intertidal reefs were a part of a second phase of a project to protect the shoreline. During the first phase, a seawall was created to protect the beach and causeway.

“Some locations are more challenging and susceptible to the effects of climate change,” said Brian Thompson, director of Land and Environment Division for the Department of Transportation Infrastructure and Energy. “We need to look at alternative, innovative ways to approach these areas.”

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