County meets with state for coastal erosion plan, Texas

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Coastal restoration. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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A coastline that is resilient in response to coastal hazards is one that maintains a strong ecological foundation, according to the Preview of the Texas General Land Office’s Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan.

The estimated cost for the restoration of beaches and dunes for Region 1 that runs from Orange County to Brazoria County, would be for a total of $540 million to $1.4 billion…

Read Full Article, PaNews (11-26-2016)

Swept Away: Beach Erosion Continues to be Huge Problem for Texas; PhysOrg (06-19-2013)
Studies show that about 64 percent of the Texas coast is eroding at an average rate of 6 feet per year, but some areas are losing more than 25 feet per year. On average, the Texas coast is losing about 2.3 feet a year to erosion…

“Living Shorelines” Will Get Fast Track to Combat Sea Level Rise, Scientific American (07-06-2016)

Living shorelines a more natural approach to preventing coastal erosion, WNCT (05-18-2016)
For centuries, large bulkheads have been used to help control erosion along coastlines. More recent research suggests that a natural approach may be a better alternative. Having nature on your side, especially during a storm or hurricane, is proven to provide better protection from coastal erosion…

Living Shorelines: Better Than Bulkheads, Coastal Review Online (02-08-2016)
More than 14,000 miles – 14 percent of continental U.S. coastline — has been armored with hardened structures. Hardened structures cause elevated rates of erosion on the shoreward side of the structure…

Rethinking Living Shorelines, By Orrin H. Pilkey, Rob Young, Norma Longo, and Andy Coburn;Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines / Western Carolina University, March 1, 2012, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
In response to the detrimental environmental impacts caused by traditional erosion control structures, environmental groups, state and federal resource management agencies, now advocate an approach known as “Living Shorelines”that embraces the use of natural habitat elements such as indigenous vegetation, to stabilize and protect eroding shorelines.

NOAA Study Finds Marshes, Reefs, Beaches Can Enhance Coastal Resilience, NOAA (04-29-2015)

Coastal erosion needs our attention, South Coast Today (01-04-2016)

NOAA study finds ‘living shorelines’ can lessen climate change’s effects, NOAA (12-22-2015)