- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

CREOLE, La. (AP) - Volunteers are planting beach grasses to fight erosion along the Cameron Parish coastline.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana held the event Saturday, KPLC-TV reports (https://bit.ly/28Vuqwd), with the goal of planting 12,000 grass plugs along 2 miles of Rutherford Beach.

Coalition spokesman Jimmy Frederick says the grass, called bitter panicum, is a native dune grass that catches blowing sand to help form dunes and helps hold sand in place with its root structure.

Cameron Parish’s beaches were hard-hit by Hurricane Rita in 2005.

Volunteer Courtney Armistead says she takes part to fight Louisiana’s disappearing coastline and ensure others can enjoy the sand and water.

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Information from: KPLC-TV, https://kplctv.com

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