Rhode Island’s Eroding Coast: A Serious Problem

Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island. Photo source: ©© Julian Colton


Rhode Island’s coastline is in a natural and constant state of flux. The coastline is altered most during big storms such as hurricanes and nor’easters. High waves wash away or damage dunes that protect land further inland. They also pound sea cliffs saturated and weakened by rain, causing sections to collapse. Narrow barrier beaches, such as Ninigret Beach in Charlestown, can dramatically shift position…

Erosion is a natural process, but humans are exacerbating it. Short-sighted development, rising sea levels and more frequent and intense storms have resulted in unforeseen effects that need to be dealt with sooner rather than later if responsible solutions are to be implemented…

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