WINNABOW, N.C. -- Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson have been working on a way to save their shoreline after recent years have seen the washing away of countless historical artifacts.

Recently, officials have been working to combat erosion with a living shoreline.

Last year, officials put in a wave attenuator, a device that reduces wave strength.

Director Jim McKee says they have noticed a huge difference already. Sand is accumulating behind the attenuator and wildlife are being attracted to the living shoreline.

The device was even a major help during Hurricane Irma.

“Where, in other parts of the site, we lost more waterfront and had more damage on the bluff. Here, not one problem,” says McKee.

Engineers hope to begin phase two of the project in May. Eventually, they would like to protect the entire mile of shoreline.

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