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Effects of Seawall Armoring on Juvenile Pacific Salmon Diets

Are concrete seawalls actually affecting what salmons eat, and by how much? Researchers measured the types of prey in the water along armored shorelines and along restored beaches.

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Editorial – Wrong Direction on Beach Groins

Groins don’t really work. They stop or slow erosion in the immediate vicinity, but worsen erosion farther down the beach by halting the natural flow of sand. Beach sand migrates, especially as ocean levels rise. Trying to stop its natural course is potentially expensive folly.

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Beach Erosion Put Resorts in Hopkins at Risk, Belize

The pristine beaches of Hopkins, on Belize eastern coast, have always attracted visitors, but recently the region’s appeal has drastically changed due to accelerated beach erosion. It has been determined that the problem was being caused by a groyne built by Hopkins Bay.

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CoastLine: Are Terminal Groins Key to the Expensive Problem of Shoreline Management?

Terminal groins are hardened structures designed to control the movement of sand and (attempt to) slow erosion on beaches.

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Indian Trail Beach Erosion Project Moving Forward, MA

Sagamore Beach residents approved a mitigation project, consisting of building a revetment wall at the base of the eroding cliff, along with a stabilization system. Opponents said erosion is nature’s way of replenishing the shore. A revetment wall would block the natural flow of sand down the cliff, with the beach eventually being washed away.

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Erosion Worsens at Topsail North Beach, NC

Ongoing efforts to address erosion at the north end of Topsail Island took on more urgency this week after a weekend storm pounded the shoreline.

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Sandbagged: The Undoing of a Quarter Century of North Carolina Coastal Conservation

Men cannot build houses upon sand and expect to see them stand now anymore than they could in the olden times… Many developers, homeowners, and local politicians refuse to believe the evidence that the ocean’s transformation of the shore is inevitable. By Gary Lazorick.

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Use of Hardened Beach Structures to Slow Erosion

Use of Hardened Beach Structures

While the use of hardened beach structures are debated, there is little debate over what they do beaches over time.

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North Carolina’s Legislation on Hardened Structures Reconsidered

North Carolina Legislation

North Carolina law has prohibited hardened structures on its beaches and inlets for more than two decades.

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