Eroded cliffside and exposed utilities along asphalt Highway 1 in California with orange traffic cones lining side of road.

California Completes First Coastal Erosion Mitigation Project

Caltrans moved a segment of the state’s celebrated Highway 1 inland by 400 feet to avoid erosion caused by sea level rise.

November 23, 2023 - Patch Petaluma

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California State Law Calls on Coastal Regions to Create Resiliency Plans

Cities and counties at risk of flooding and erosion from sea level rise can access state funding to implement coastal resiliency plans.

October 27, 2023 - Bay City News Foundation

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Report: West Coast Must Come to Terms With Managed Retreat

As sea levels rise, experts say coastal communities have to overcome their resistance to managed retreat and plan for relocation.

May 10, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Working With Nature, Not Against It

The concept of ‘natural capital’ calls on policymakers to consider the value of natural infrastructure, which can often improve climate resilience without expensive construction projects.

March 22, 2023 - Scientific American

Galveston, Texas

Improving Beach Access and Environmental Protection in Galveston

The city of Galveston has more to do to live up to its own standards in accessing and protecting the gulf coast.

September 12, 2019 - Associated Press via the Houston Chronicle


How One Lake Erie Town Got Free Waterfront Property for Public Use

Clear communication and a fair trade let Euclid, Ohio begin to rethink its lakefront—and its future.

March 26, 2018 - NextCity

San Francisco Coast

The Great Highway Should Be Better, Not Bigger

San Francisco's Great Highway is losing great chunks of asphalt to the ocean. A new plan intends to change that.

May 7, 2017 - San Francisco Magazine

Study Compares Natural and Hybrid Infrastructure Options for Coastal Protection

As coastal communities look for new ways to build resilience, they'll need to consider options such as the natural and hybrid systems compared in a new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

April 30, 2015 - NOAA

Road Diet Plans Shelved for San Francisco's Ocean Beach

After two years of work, SPUR's proposals for the Ocean Beach Master Plan are still taking shape. A road diet for vehicle lanes on the Great Highway, for instance, was recently shelved for the good of other pressing priorities.

September 2, 2014 - S.F. Streetsblog

The Environmental Disaster of Louisiana's Vanishing Coast

A rich new feature for ProPublica details what's described as "one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history."

September 1, 2014 - ProPublica

Louisiana Lawmakers Facing Legal Drama Over Shrinking Coasts

Can Louisiana lawmakers succeed in retroactively overthrowing a lawsuit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority against 97 oil and gas companies, all while the state's coastline continues to disappear at alarming rates?

May 29, 2014 - PBS NewsHour

Rush to Rebuild Could Cause Long-Term Damage to NY/NJ Beaches

Just seven months ago Hurricane Sandy damaged 94 percent of New Jersey's beaches and eroded dozens of miles of coastline in New York. As waterfront communities rush to rebuild before summer, some fear disastrous long-term consequences.

May 20, 2013 - The New York Times

San Francisco's Battle With Mother Nature

As climate change accelerates coastal erosion across the continent, officials everywhere look to San Francisco to see how it will stem the tide, Felicity Barringer reports.

March 28, 2012 - New York Times

New Non-Salt Strategies for Snowy Cities

Winter brings snowy conditions to roads in many cities, and many react with snow-melting salt solutions. But the physical and environmental damage of salt is leading some to look for other means of fighting the freeze.

January 14, 2010 - NRDC

Disappearing Sand Leads to Illegal Land Engineering in Cancun

As environmental conditions erode sand along the tourist-heavy beaches in Cancun, some hotel owners are taking drastic -- and illegal -- measures to rebuild their beaches.

September 5, 2009 - The New York Times

Reef and Surf Take Precedence Over Beach Erosion in Florida

A group of surfers has successfully blocked an environmentally-harmful beach dredging and repair project in Florida, at least temporarily. The project was meant to counteract beach erosion problems, but was protested over concerns about local reefs.

March 11, 2009 - The New York Times

Gulf Coast Ponders Future Amid Erosion and Destruction

As land continues to disappear along the Gulf Coast and hurricane damages increase, many are beginning to reconsider whether to rebuild or retreat.

October 12, 2008 - USA Today

Eroding Beach Sparks Property Rights Battle

As a Texas beach erodes and the waves come closer to shore, homeowners are scrambling to figure out what to do when the public beach invades their private property.

June 19, 2008 - NPR

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