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, erosion response, beach fill, shoreline structures, beach ecology and surfing areas to get an understanding of the condition of our nation’s beaches. Click on the links below or along the top border for state reports and more information about our beach health indicators.
Note: This website is similar to but separate from Surfrider Foundation's recently released 2017 State of the Beach Report Card! The State of the Beach Report Card builds off information collected in Beachapedia's State of the Beach website, but takes a deeper dive into four specific indicators related to erosion, which include coastal armoring, sea level rise, beach replenishment, and coastal development. The grading scale is a more holistic attempt to quantify those four indicators into one overall grade indicating the state's ability to appropriately protect their beaches. This is different from the grading scale used for each indicator on the State of the Beach website.
- Beach Indicators
- Beach Manifesto
- State Reports
- Model Programs
- Bad and Rad
One of our summer interns in 2007, John Bain, wrote his Master's thesis at Duke University on An Assessment of the Effectiveness and Usage of the Surfrider Foundation Annual State of the Beach Report