Mitigating shore erosion along sheltered coasts / Committee on Mitigating Shore Erosion along Sheltered Coasts, National Research Council.

Contributor(s): National Research Council (U.S.).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, 2006Description: xii, 174 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0309103460.Subject(s): EROSION | EROSION CONTROL | COASTAL ZONE | BEACHES | MANAGEMENT | FLOODS | LAKES | MODELS | SHORELINES | HURRICANESHoldings: CHRISTCHURCH: 627.521 MIT Online resources: Click here to access online Summary: Sheltered coastal areas, such as those along bays and estuaries, experience land loss from erosion and sea level rise much like ocean beaches. Owners of property along sheltered coasts often reinforce their shoreline with bulkheads and other structures to prevent erosion. However, this construction alters the coastal ecosystem, causing changes that threaten landscapes, public access, recreational opportunities, natural habitats, and fish populations. At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology, this report examines the impacts of shoreline management on sheltered coasts. The report calls for a regional management approach that considers the environmental impacts that could accumulate if hard structures are permitted on a site by site basis. In addition the report recommends changing the current permitting system to remove the default preference for bulkheads and similar structures and allow more flexibility to encourage use of more ecologically beneficial erosion-control methods, such as planting of marshes.
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"This report was greatly enhanced by participants at the two meetings held as a part of this study." - p. ix

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Sheltered coastal areas, such as those along bays and estuaries, experience land loss from erosion and sea level rise much like ocean beaches. Owners of property along sheltered coasts often reinforce their shoreline with bulkheads and other structures to prevent erosion. However, this construction alters the coastal ecosystem, causing changes that threaten landscapes, public access, recreational opportunities, natural habitats, and fish populations. At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology, this report examines the impacts of shoreline management on sheltered coasts. The report calls for a regional management approach that considers the environmental impacts that could accumulate if hard structures are permitted on a site by site basis. In addition the report recommends changing the current permitting system to remove the default preference for bulkheads and similar structures and allow more flexibility to encourage use of more ecologically beneficial erosion-control methods, such as planting of marshes.

CHRISTCHURCH: 627.521 MIT

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