Large-scale bank protection works to be carried out on the Curonian Spit this year
The start of this work was given by the action to clean up the territory from garbage on the sea coast north of the promenade of the village of Lesnoy, which ended last weekend. Roszapovedtsentr reports this on its website.
Employees of the national park took out construction and household waste, collected scattered car tires in one place for subsequent disposal.
“The action carried out is the start of a great work, the purpose of which is to conduct a comprehensive bank protection in the area of the village of Lesnaya and protect the unique ecosystem of the Curonian Spit from storms and other negative factors,” said Anatoly Kalina, director of the Curonian Spit National Park, whose words are quoted in the message.
As explained in Roszapovedtsentr, the narrow part of the Curonian Spit near the village of Lesnoy is characterized by a high degree of vulnerability. So, in 1975, a storm washed away the base of the old lighthouse, which tilted and was subsequently dismantled - today its concrete foundations are visible in the sea. During a storm in January 1983, the foredune in Lesnoy was completely washed out, and there was a threat of flooding the village. At that time, NPO Baltberegozashchita dumped 7,000 cubic meters of gravel at the site of the sea water breakthrough and installed the first reinforced concrete pile damper. To create bank protection structures adjacent to it, car tires were used, among other things.
“Subsequently, in this place, the sea annually demonstrated its destructive power, carrying away more sand during autumn-winter storms than it returned in spring and summer. Over time, the waves washed away the old structures. The summer cafe with a wooden promenade could not withstand the blows of the elements - at present, their remains have been completely dismantled.
The landscaping of the sea coast section north of the promenade of the village of Lesnoy will be carried out throughout 2023.