The mission of the Santa Aguila Foundation is to raise awareness of and mobilize people against the ongoing decimation of coastlines and oceans around the world.

Category: Shoreline Armoring

Study: NC gets ‘D’ for climate change policies

Study: NC gets ‘D’ for climate change policies

Days after a federal report issued a harsh warning about climate change, an environmental group said North Carolina’s policies leave the state among the most ill-prepared on the East Coast to deal with the effects of rising seas.

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Florida without its beaches: Seawall dooms state oceanfronts, By Robert Young

Florida without its beaches: Seawall dooms state oceanfronts, By Robert Young

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued an emergency authorization last week that will allow individual property owners in a portion of St. Johns County to build new seawalls without the typical engineering and scientific analysis. This is a terrible mistake for the communities impacted. It is poor coastal management.

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Seawalls: Ecological effects of coastal armoring in soft sediment environments

Seawalls: Ecological effects of coastal armoring in soft sediment environments

For nearly a century, America’s coasts — particularly those with large urban populations — have been armored with human made structures such as seawalls. These structures essentially draw a line in the sand that constrains the ability of the shoreline to respond to changes in sea level and other dynamic coastal processes.

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Australia: Erosion rate rise along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road prompts effort to bolster beach sand dunes

Australia: Erosion rate rise along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road prompts effort to bolster beach sand dunes

More than 16,000 cubic metres of sand is being moved along beaches at Apollo Bay to protect the Great Ocean Road from coastal erosion.

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Inventory Tracks ‘Armoring’ of Beaches, Inlets

Inventory Tracks ‘Armoring’ of Beaches, Inlets

The “Beach and Tidal Habitat Inventories,” covers the East Coast from Maine to the North Carolina-South Carolina border, and is based on Google Earth data that show changes in the beaches and inlets from Hurricane Sandy, and by man, from 2012 through 2015.

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Bills would ease rules on sandbags, pumping sand from shoals; NC

Bills would ease rules on sandbags, pumping sand from shoals; NC

The Senate and House are finalizing another set of enviromental regulations, including one that loosens rules on sandbag walls and another that would allow using sand from Diamond Shoals for beach nourishment without testing it first.

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Let’s end war with ocean, Op-Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey

Let’s end war with ocean, Op-Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey

The immediate future most certainly holds more miles of sandbags, resulting in more narrowed and ugly beaches.But this trend can be halted and reversed. Now is the time to make peace with the ocean.The time is now to stop sandbagging, both physically with no more shore-hardening structures, and politically with no more exceptions to the intent of the rules, no more undermining existing legislation, and a return to enforcement.

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Goleta Beach vs. Winter Swells, CA

Goleta Beach vs. Winter Swells, CA

This is the third winter in four years that Goleta Beach Park has taken a beating in the winter swells. Even behind the boulders- dropped along 950 feet of beach at a cost of $275,000 – the park bluff is retreating, unprotected by a ripped out $350,000 barrier of plastic mesh, that had been stacked against the bluffs last spring.

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Sandbags remain hard problem to solve along N.C. coast

Sandbags remain hard problem to solve along N.C. coast

Make an earnest effort to remove the sandbags from your beach. Under state law, sandbags are only supposed to stay on the beach for a two- to five-year window.

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