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.

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,

NOAA Study Finds Marshes, Reefs, Beaches Can Enhance Coastal Resilience

NOAA Study Finds Marshes, Reefs, Beaches Can 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,

Foundation Warns Against Coastal Budget Cuts

New Orleans, LA – January 30, 2015 – Citing evidence that a vast majority of citizens call coastal erosion the issue of a lifetime, the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) today called on the State of Louisiana to rescind any actions that would halt momentum for coastal restoration along its fast

Summit Calls for Resilience Measures

NEW ORLEANS – At a recent summit in New York’s financial district, the news was pay now or pay much more later. Speaker after speaker either showed scientific evidence of potential disasters due to sea level rise or the enormous costs that are sure to follow the new reality of

Summit Calls for Resilience Measures

NEW ORLEANS — At a recent summit in New York’s financial district, the news was pay now or pay much more later. Speaker after speaker either showed scientific evidence of potential disasters due to sea level rise or the enormous costs that are sure to follow the new reality of

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

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