NASA Wallops Flight Facility Shore's Up the Island

Aug 22, 2012

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) - NASA's Wallops Flight Facility has more than 3 million cubic yards of new sand protecting the Wallops Island shoreline.

The storm damage reduction project was completed earlier this month.

The project was designed to help buffer Wallops' critical launch assets from the ocean.

Workers are now installing sand fencing to help protect the beach from erosion. In the fall, beach grass will be planted.

More sand is planned for the island ever three to seven years, depending on the need.