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Sea Level Rise - It is critical that community planners make informed decisions when deciding how to react to rising sea levels. The wrong choices could lead down a path where beaches disappear, coastal tourism and fisheries suffer or where billions of dollars are lost to storm-damaged and flooded properties. Fortunately, several states have adopted policies to ensure that beaches, dunes, or wetlands are able to migrate inland as sea level rises. Much more needs to be done, though, and it is upon us to push our decision-makers to plan wisely and make the right decisions for the future of our coast.
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We Can Only Live a Few Days Without Water
"...the hydrologic cycle starts with evaporation, primarily from the oceans, leaving the salt behind. As this moisture or water vapor rises into the atmosphere, it cools and the moisture condenses to form water droplets, or if cold enough, ice crystals, and then falls as precipitation, much of this over the ocean, but also over the continents. This natural distillation or desalting process gives us the supply of fresh water that the lives of the Earth's 7.1 billion people are totally dependent upon. We can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water." - excerpt from article the Santa Cruz Sentinel by Gary Griggs.
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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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