ANGOLA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A true team effort is underway to keep a popular beach in business for years to come.
Thousands of Western New Yorkers enjoy Bennett Beach every year, but those 50 acres along Lake Erie in Angola are in need of some work.
The Erie County Parks Department and the Alliance for the Great Lakes will be working with about a-hundred volunteers from HSBC Bank to make some much-needed improvements. They'll be planting beach grass to stabilize the beach's eroding dunes and planting willow trees to stabilize the banks of Big Sister Creek.
The beachfront is home to some of the last remaining natural sand dunes in the area.
Mark Gaston of Erie County Soil and Water Conservation said, "There are some non-native evasive species that we're trying to maintain. The sediment that comes off of wind erosion or stream bank erosion, that's actually a pollutant source. So by doing these kind of plantings we're benefiting habitat but also water quality, so it's also a win-win."
The restoration project also calls for installing bluebird boxes and planting new trees in the park to give visitors more shade.
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