Tag: coastal protection

Measures aimed at protecting the coast against coastline retreat, thus protecting housing, infrastructure, the coast and the hinterland from erosion often at the expense of losing the beach and the dynamic coastal landscape.

Strengthening Shorelines With Hard Armor

Strengthening Shorelines With Hard Armor

Perhaps the slopes are too steep. Perhaps the current is too strong. Perhaps both, and maybe some other challenging site conditions exist as well. Some projects along bodies of water require extra-strong measures to stop erosion. One of those projects is in Idaho.

Strengthening Shorelines With Hard Armor

Strengthening Shorelines With Hard Armor

Perhaps the slopes are too steep. Perhaps the current is too strong. Perhaps both, and maybe some other challenging site conditions exist as well. Some projects along bodies of water require extra-strong measures to stop erosion. One of those projects is in Idaho.

Sea Rise

Sea Rise

When perspectives on sea level rise are considered they might easily take on the glass half-empty or glass half-filled analogy. For many, the glass is half empty and spells doom for thriving municipalities, helplessly sinking into the sea—reminiscent of the cinematic moment in which Charlton Heston finds the Statue of

Reducing Coastal Erosion

Reducing Coastal Erosion

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

The Beach Is Back

The Beach Is Back

Some property owners in Florida and other coastal regions are no doubt feeling a bit jealous right now. Beach renourishment—the process of adding sand to an eroding beach—is a costly and painstaking process, and one that in many cases must be repeated to maintain a viable stretch of land. It

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

Reader Profile: Kenneth Bahlinger

Reader Profile: Kenneth Bahlinger

Louisiana’s land loss crisis has claimed nearly 1,900 square miles since the 1930s. Without action, the state is poised to lose another 1,750 square miles. Increased flood risk creates potentially catastrophic conditions for southern Louisiana’s waterways, natural resources, wetlands, and culture. As a coastal restoration project manager for the Louisiana

Editor’s Comments: High and Low to Protect the Coast

Editor’s Comments: High and Low to Protect the Coast

With predictions of sea level rise anywhere from a few inches to several feet in the coming decades, coastal regions are scrambling to find ways to protect themselves, both from the slow erosion caused by encroaching waters and from the sudden devastation of hurricanes and storm surges.

On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront

Roughly 123 million people in the US live near the coast, and along with critical infrastructure—ports, oil refineries, wastewater treatment plants—there is a tremendous amount of pricey real estate very close to the water. With increasing concern about rising sea levels and greater frequency of severe, Hurricane Sandy-like storms, coastal

NOAA Study: Marshes, Reefs, Beaches Enhance Coastal Resilience

April 29, 2015 – The resilience of U.S. coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion and other threats can be strengthened when they are protected by natural infrastructure such as marshes, reefs, and beaches, or with hybrid approaches, such as a “living shoreline”– a combination of natural habitat and built infrastructure,

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