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$1.6 million in shoreline protection coming to West Point Lighthouse beach

The West Point Lighthouse is located at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park.
The West Point Lighthouse is located at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park. - Jason Malloy

New structures planned for Cedar Dunes Provincial Park and West Point Lighthouse aim to help preserve the local environment, and keep it safer for residents and visitors.

Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey and P.E.I.'s MLA for Alberton-Bloomfield Ernie Hudson announced $1.6 million in funding for the construction of the new shore protection infrastructure Thursday, July 23. 

The project will protect the dunes from coastal erosion caused by climate change along the shoreline by building a sandstone seawall extension between the parking lot and waterline to prevent flooding of the park and damage to the lighthouse. Five intertidal reefs will help break the waves prior to the water reaching the shore to reduce the amount of shoreline being washed away. Another sandstone structure will also be built at the southern tip of the beach to keep the sand from getting swept into the harbour.

These structures will prevent storm-driven erosion and improve the ecosystem of the shoreline.   

The Government of Canada is investing $700,000 and the Government of Prince Edward Island is providing $910,000 for this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.

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