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(Chron)   Fark-ready headline: Galveston spending $140K to put smelly seaweed to work   (chron.com) divider line 31
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2013-07-01 11:26:22 PM
"seaweed-enhanced sand dunes"

I was all ready to rip on this idea with appropriately sargasstic remark but it actually makes some sense.

Wait, what? Something from Texas that makes sense?

Ahhh. That explains it. I was kinda wondering for a sec why Subby chose the "strange" tag.

Good call.
 
2013-07-02 12:38:14 AM
At least they didn't elect it to office

/for once
 
2013-07-02 01:12:12 AM
someone said weed so here I am
 
2013-07-02 01:13:39 AM
They've got plenty of it to use in Galveston. Makes more sense than the recycled Christmas trees they have used in the past.
 
2013-07-02 01:20:21 AM
Or you could just stop building jetties and dredging the outer channels, let the sand build up by itself where it belongs.

Just a thought.
 
2013-07-02 01:24:03 AM

Gyrfalcon: Or you could just stop building jetties and dredging the outer channels, let the sand build up by itself where it belongs.

Just a thought.


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educate me!
 
2013-07-02 01:26:36 AM

Gyrfalcon: Or you could just stop building jetties and dredging the outer channels, let the sand build up by itself where it belongs.

Just a thought.


But job creation
 
2013-07-02 01:27:43 AM
Don't trust it! It's the weed of deceit!
 
2013-07-02 01:31:18 AM
theoccultsection.com
 
2013-07-02 01:44:54 AM

Gyrfalcon: Or you could just stop building jetties and dredging the outer channels, let the sand build up by itself where it belongs.

Just a thought.


Ate you asking civilization to obey the natural order of things? It sounds like you're asking civilization to obey the natural order of things.
 
2013-07-02 01:51:23 AM

phrawgh: [theoccultsection.com image 274x229]


A S&MC S&tSM ref?

You, sirrah, rawk. Well played.
 
2013-07-02 03:13:28 AM
I bought seaweed for the first time today. It's pretty good, it's roasted/spiced and in those little sheets, but it sort of reminds me of the taste of the skin of a fish, and has a lingering aftertaste.
 
2013-07-02 03:15:05 AM
A great folk song:

 "It was the year of 1900 that was 80 years ago
Death come'd a howling on the ocean and when death calls you've got to go
Galveston had a sea wall just to keep the water down
But a high tide from the ocean blew the water all over the town..."

Galveston Flood
TomRush
 
2013-07-02 03:15:49 AM
www.beachnews.net

Swede-enhanced sand dunes? I'm ok with this.
 
2013-07-02 03:15:51 AM
Sorry, but I need a more detailed explanation of how covering the dunes in seaweed is going to help them withstand a storm surge, aka what erased all those houses. I mean, I get it, beach preservation, stops erosion, etc, but... 'help withstand hurricanes'? According to the Wiki articles on Galveston and Hurricane Ike, the city/island elevation is 7'. The storm surges were up to 20'.

It's a barrier island. People shouldn't be living on it in anything other than cabins with definite mandatory evacuation plans.
 
2013-07-02 03:29:46 AM

caution: It's pretty good, . . . . taste of the skin of a fish, and has a lingering aftertaste.


Does not compute.
 
2013-07-02 05:30:14 AM
Galvaston? This guy's brother? static.comicvine.com
 
2013-07-02 05:32:46 AM
Fark ready headline = stealing it from reddit

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2013-07-02 06:02:26 AM
my brother in law got a staph infection from the beach in Galveston.
 
2013-07-02 06:07:59 AM
Galveston, oh Galveston
I still smell your seaweed stinking....
 
2013-07-02 06:09:17 AM
It grows roots
 
2013-07-02 06:27:17 AM

ladyfortuna: Sorry, but I need a more detailed explanation of how covering the dunes in seaweed is going to help them withstand a storm surge, aka what erased all those houses. I mean, I get it, beach preservation, stops erosion, etc, but... 'help withstand hurricanes'? According to the Wiki articles on Galveston and Hurricane Ike, the city/island elevation is 7'. The storm surges were up to 20'.

It's a barrier island. People shouldn't be living on it in anything other than cabins with definite mandatory evacuation plans.


They said they are going to bail it, which makes me think they're going to excavate the dunes. Then they'll drop the seaweed bails in and cover them with the dunes. Seaweed rots and acts as a natural fertilizer to grow grass or whatever over the dunes making them more of a traditional levy.

While the idea is good, it's still a make work project. Plus bolivar peninsula is lousy with the stuff.
 
2013-07-02 06:36:18 AM
You lazy, seaweed! Why donchyoo get a JOB?!
 
2013-07-02 07:36:38 AM
Seaweed doesn't want to work, just sit home and collect unemployment
 
2013-07-02 08:10:48 AM
The joke is, storm surge doesn't give a crap what you put in front of it. A wall of water 6 feet high and 100 miles square will laugh at anything short of a concrete seawall. I'm sure you taxpayers will appreciate knowing that you spent $3.2 million dollars to rebuild the sand dune in front of our house on the West End of Galveston only to see it flattened in less than 6 months by a half-assed little tropical storm. We had a 100 foot wide, 10 foot high dune before Tropical Storm Allison in 2001`that just rolled over under the house and covered the slab.

The dams on the Colorado and Brazos Rivers have stopped most of our sand accretion and subsidence is lowering the ground level, so the lesson is: "Don't put anything on the barrier island you can't afford to lose"
 
2013-07-02 08:33:04 AM
.... but enough about Galveston women, amirite??
 
2013-07-02 09:38:28 AM
I love going to Galveston and biking the seawall.  I'm seriously considering moving there because it's so bicycle friendly - nearly unheard of in anything within 100 miles of Houston.  I like the community, as far as the Houston area is concerned it has a slower pace and a more casual environment overall.

I don't actually like going in the water.  That water smells funny and sort of scares me.  I do it, everyone else always wants to but that's one nasty beach area, I prefer just to look at the ocean and swim at Schlitterbahn.
 
2013-07-02 11:33:53 AM

pecosdave: I love going to Galveston and biking the seawall.  I'm seriously considering moving there because it's so bicycle friendly - nearly unheard of in anything within 100 miles of Houston.  I like the community, as far as the Houston area is concerned it has a slower pace and a more casual environment overall.

I don't actually like going in the water.  That water smells funny and sort of scares me.  I do it, everyone else always wants to but that's one nasty beach area, I prefer just to look at the ocean and swim at Schlitterbahn.


Where do you work? 45 is an ungodly drive into Houston and Hwy 6 is plagued with cops. Also, have fun when Galveston is infested for Kappa weekend.
 
2013-07-02 01:57:04 PM

jaybeezey:

They said they are going to bail it, which makes me think they're going to excavate the dunes. Then they'll drop the seaweed bails in and cover them with the dunes. Seaweed rots and acts as a natural fertilizer to grow grass or whatever over the dunes making them more of a traditional levy.

Well...

Stranded On The Planet Dumbass: The joke is, storm surge doesn't give a crap what you put in front of it. A wall of water 6 feet high and 100 miles square will laugh at anything short of a concrete seawall. I'm sure you taxpayers will appreciate knowing that you spent $3.2 million dollars to rebuild the sand dune in front of our house on the West End of Galveston only to see it flattened in less than 6 months by a half-assed little tropical storm. We had a 100 foot wide, 10 foot high dune before Tropical Storm Allison in 2001`that just rolled over under the house and covered the slab.


Yeah.
 
2013-07-02 06:48:51 PM

the money is in the banana stand: pecosdave: I love going to Galveston and biking the seawall.  I'm seriously considering moving there because it's so bicycle friendly - nearly unheard of in anything within 100 miles of Houston.  I like the community, as far as the Houston area is concerned it has a slower pace and a more casual environment overall.

I don't actually like going in the water.  That water smells funny and sort of scares me.  I do it, everyone else always wants to but that's one nasty beach area, I prefer just to look at the ocean and swim at Schlitterbahn.

Where do you work? 45 is an ungodly drive into Houston and Hwy 6 is plagued with cops. Also, have fun when Galveston is infested for Kappa weekend.


Johnson Space Center, I'm considering a change in jobs however.
 
2013-07-03 12:46:01 AM
BOI
 
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