Galveston has commissioned a study on sand erosion
A $200,000 study will help Galveston determine a plan to stop sand erosion on the island.
Kelly de Schaun is executive director of the city's Park Board of Trustees.
"If we don't take steps to better manage the environment then we risk continual erosion of the coastline here in Galveston."
De Schaun says the current cost of maintaining the beach is unsustainable.
"We've discovered, because of man-made interventions along the coastline -- jetties, or bulkheads -- that that has affected the ecosystem and we're losing sand out of the system."
The Army Corps of Engineers will conduct the study.