Coastal Erosion

Wooden beachside boardwalk with benches in Salisbury, Massachusetts.

Storm Erases $500,000 Massachusetts Sand Dune

A protective dune built with funds from city residents lasted just three days before being washed away in a storm.

March 14, 2024 - The Daily Beast

White Honolulu Skyline train on elevated track.

Hawai’i Transportation Projects Receive Federal Grants

State officials say they need around $15 billion to mitigate the impacts of rising seas.

February 28, 2024 - Honolulu Civil Beat

Silver and blue train passing by on track at the edge of Pacific Ocean in San Clemente, California.

Storms Sever California Rail Line—Again

The coast-hugging rail corridor linking Los Angeles and San Diego faces an uncertain future as mudslides once again force part of the line to close.

February 6, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

"Danger - Unstable Cliffs" sign

Atlantic Coast Infrastructure at Risk from Sea Level Rise

New research reveals that some coastal areas are sinking by as much as 5 millimeters per year, which could threaten key infrastructure.

January 10, 2024 - Newsweek

Concrete flood control infrastructure under construction in New York City.

New York Flood Control Plan Takes Lessons From the Dutch

The Netherlands has a long history of flood mitigation. U.S. cities, threatened by coastal flooding and erosion, are taking note.

December 24, 2023 - E360

Amtrak train on Southern California coast.

State Leaders Warn of Risks to Southern California Rail Corridor

Coastal erosion and rising sea levels threaten one of the nation’s most scenic—and strategically important—rail corridors.

December 14, 2023 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Aerial view of Redondo Beach Pier in Redondo Beach, California on the Pacific Ocean.

LA County Plans for Coastal Erosion

The Board of Supervisors says a proposal to build ‘living shorelines’ will help save the county’s beaches from erosion as coastal storms grow stronger.

November 13, 2023 - Los Angeles Daily News

Train tracks along California coast with yellow wildflowers blooming on one side and blue Pacific Ocean on the other.

Transit’s Next Challenge: Climate Change

Extreme weather and erosion threaten transit infrastructure around the country.

November 10, 2023 - Transportation for America

Silver Metrolink commuter train on tracks next to beach in San Clemente, California with palm trees and wooden pier in background.

Southern California Rail Corridor In Danger From Erosion, Lack of Leadership

With a patchwork of management and local agencies involved, the imperiled rail corridor has no unified plan for improving or relocating tracks impacted by coastal erosion.

August 18, 2023 - Streetsblog California

Sunset or sunrise view of coastal wetlands in Louisiana

Louisiana Approves Coastal Restoration Master Plan

The latest update to a state-mandated coastal protection and restoration plan calls for wetlands restoration and new levees to protect communities from flooding.

June 30, 2023 - Governing

Pacific Surfliner Amtrak train on California coast

Sea Level Rise Threatens an Iconic California Train

A scenic Southern California line could require relocation as rising sea levels destabilize the coastal soil that supports its tracks.

October 28, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Pacific Coast Highway

Legal Battle Heats Up Over the Form and Function of Oregon's Coasts

As Oregon's coastal beaches erode, taking valued public space with them and exposing private property to increased risks from flooding and sea-level rise, some local governments want to allow property owners the right to "armor" the coast.

February 8, 2022 - OBP


Louisiana's $50 Billion Coastal Restoration Plan Moves Forward

A $50 billion plan to replenish lost coastal land could have significant impacts on local marine life and fishing industries.

March 11, 2021 - The New York Times

Louisiana Shoreline

'Rock Pillows' the Latest Tool to Fight Coastal Erosion

The state of Louisiana is deploying giant 'pillows' of crushed rock to slow coastal erosion.

November 8, 2018 - The Times-Picayune

Rockaway Beach Bus

Memorial Day Buzzkill: Popular Stretch of Rockaway Beach Closed Indefinitely

New York City hasn't been able to keep the beach from eroding.

May 26, 2018 - The New York Times

San Francisco Coast

San Francisco Planning to Remove the Great Highway as Coastal Erosion Takes its Toll

In the 1920s, the city of San Francisco extended the shoreline of south Ocean Beach by some 200 feet. Now the coast there is eroding as a result of that action, and the Great Highway is on shaky ground.

October 12, 2017 - San Francisco Examiner

Cedar Rapids Flooding

A Toolbox of Green Infrastructure Solutions to Flooding Risks

A new one-stop shop for green infrastructure solutions is available to planners and engineers challenged by flooding.

April 11, 2017 - CityLab

Point Dume

Coastal Erosion Could Devastate Southern California Beaches

Researchers from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have produced a model of coastal erosion based on the impacts of expected sea level rise by the end of the century.

March 29, 2017 - USGS

An image of a path through sand dunes to ocean in New Jersey

Calling for an End to Federal Support for Beach Nourishment

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a researcher calls attention to the method behind the federal spending on billions of dollars of investment in unsustainable beaches.

October 15, 2016 - The New York Times

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