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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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Millions of Velella Velella Recently Washed Up on Oregon Beaches
"There was s a mass stranding along the Oregon coast this weekend. Millions of small, purple jellyfish-like creatures piled up onto the beaches, making for quite a sight. The animals are called Velella Velella. They are also known as by-the-wind sailors." - excerpt from King5.com news report. Velellas also recently washed up on the beaches of San Francisco.
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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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