State of the Beach/Beach Indicators/Erosion Response

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Erosion response is a measure of how well coastal management decision makers work to limit the extent of shoreline armoring and unsustainable coastal development, and encourage alternatives to armoring. For example, are new development projects set back from the coast far enough to avoid coastal erosion problems? Are setback standards based on the latest erosion rates? When existing development is damaged during a storm is reconstruction prohibited or are there incentives provided for relocation? Are there statewide policies to implement relocation (managed retreat) or policies that consider relocation a viable option? Are states employing regional policies that take into account cumulative effects of non-natural shoreline alterations? An evaluation of these factors for each state serves to bring attention to the states that are taking a proactive role in minimizing beach destruction and protecting beach health for future generations.

A related concept is Climate Change Adaptation. Surfrider Foundation has expanded our evaluation of state erosion response programs to include a discussion of state efforts to address Climate Change Adaptation.

An excellent state website that touches on these issues (and more) is Massachusetts' StormSmart Coasts. Massachusetts, all of the Gulf Coast states and a growing list of East Coast states are now part of the StormSmart Coasts Network.

State Erosion Response Reports

Select a state from the list below to view the Erosion Response indicator page for that state: