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Coastal Resilience - Rising sea levels, coastal storms, and erosion threaten our coastlines. Ideally, coastal communities and infrastructure would be built far enough back from the coast to be protected from these threats. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people and a tremendous amount of coastal infrastructure currently in harm’s way. Coastal resilience is part of the answer. Coastal resilience means building the ability of natural and human communities to "bounce back" after hazardous events such as hurricanes, coastal storms, and flooding – rather than simply reacting to impacts. A community that is more informed and prepared will have a greater opportunity to rebound quickly from weather and climate-related events, including adapting to sea level rise. Additionally, the ability to rebound more quickly can reduce negative human health, environmental, and economic impacts.

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Threat to Spinner Dolphins from Tourists

"In recent years, some dolphin-directed excursions — especially those that engage in "swim-with" activities — have put increasing pressure and stress on Hawaiian spinner dolphins during their critical daytime resting period. Given the alarming number of people and boats that are within close proximity to dolphins daily, NOAA has been searching for the most effective way to protect the animals, allowing them to better rest nearshore during the day and prepare for a night of feeding offshore. In efforts to clarify and reduce human activities that harass and disturb Hawaiian spinner dolphins, NOAA Fisheries published a proposed rule in 2016 that prohibits swimming-with and approaching a Hawaiian spinner dolphin within 50 yards. A final rule is expected to go into effect within the next year." -Excerpt from NOAA Fisheries.
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State of the Beach

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The Surfrider Foundation State of the Beach report is our continually-updated assessment of the health of our nation’s beaches. It is intended to empower concerned citizens and coastal managers by giving them the information needed to take action. For over ten years we have been collecting information on beach access, surf zone water quality, beach erosion, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology and surfing areas to get an understanding of the condition of our nation’s beaches and the effectiveness of programs and policies designed to protect them.

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Why Beachapedia?

Beachapedia captures decades of experience and knowledge gained by Surfrider Foundation activists, scientists and staff through hundreds of environmental and educational campaigns on our coasts. By sharing this resource with the public we hope to provide tools and information to help communities make a positive impact on their local beaches. If you would like to contribute please visit this page.

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