Teresa Stepzinski, Florida Time-Union, Oct. 14, 2017

ST. AUGUSTINE | Spindly looking yet sturdy stalks of Spartina common to coastal salt marshes might be a natural way to combat algae blooms as well as reduce coastal erosion in Northeast Florida.

Splattered with mud and soaked in sweat amid the late morning heat and humidity, Kelly Smith, a University of North Florida associate professor of biology, lead a team of student volunteers as they carefully transplanted small clusters of Spartina – commonly called Smooth Cordgrass – at a small patch on the beach of the Tolomato River at Usina Boat Ramp near Vilano/North Beach in St. Johns County.

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