Tag: beach erosion

Coastal erosion is the wearing away of land and the removal of beach or dune sediments by wave action, tidal currents, wave currents, drainage or high winds (see also beach evolution).

A New Roadmap to Reduce Coastal Risk

A New Roadmap to Reduce Coastal Risk

There is a saying that the only thing constant in life is change. In the realm of coastal environments, nothing could be more true. The shifting winds, the tides, and rains are what has created the often beautiful vistas of coastal landscape, the diversity of habitats and ecosystems: stones ground

Bringing Clarity to Shifting Shores

July 16, 2014 – Each and every day, waves move sand back and forth, onto and away from beaches. The thin ribbon of sandy barrier islands and beaches along America’s coastline shifts constantly, especially during hurricanes, nor’easters, and other extreme storms. How vulnerable is your favorite beach if a hurricane

A Life in the Sand

A Life in the Sand

A steady wind sifts the finest grains of sand and blows them along with a briny spray toward a bank of dunes squeezed between a brackish pond and the ocean surf. It’s one of the places Chris Maio has explored for traces of pre-colonial settlements in Massachusetts. Maio, a coastal

Structural Erosion Control Solutions

Structural Erosion Control Solutions

Nature knows best. This is the premise behind the approach that many contractors have taken on their sites in recent years. It has been a common trend for contractors to use bioengineering techniques or soft-armor erosion control solutions, including erosion control blankets, coir logs, and vegetation alone, to hold soil

An Aversion to Diversion

While campaigning for president in October 2007, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson took a stance favoring diversion of the Great Lakes water to the thirsty West. “States like Wisconsin are awash in water,” he told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.

That remark left Richardson awash in criticism. It cost him support

Realities of Recycling

On a sunny February Sunday in Coral Springs, FL, cars lined up to enter a municipal parking area staged with numerous Dumpsters and barrels as residents rid their homes of household hazardous waste and electronics.
Generally, Broward County offers permanent drop-off locations for household hazardous waste and curbside pickup for its

Hurricanes: The Effects on Stormwater Management

Imagine being a stormwater or water-quality manager and, for six months each year, having to deal with the possibility of a weather event coming at any time to dump tremendous amounts of water. Perhaps it instead will be a dry weather event, carrying winds so ferocious that a tremendous amount

Coast to Coast

Those of us who live in coastal areas-and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than half of us in the continental United States do-have particular reason to watch what’s happening to the shorelines. As more people and more activities crowd toward the water, even slight changes to

Seeking the Very Big Picture

Sometimes seemingly far-fetched ideas have the greatest payoffs, and it’s no different in the field of erosion control. Although tried-and-true methods are the staple of most EC programs, it’s often useful to take a step back and look at the long-term effects of the phenomenon we’re trying to control. John

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