Why Your Community Needs Hard Shoreline Protection
Three long-lasting solutions can strengthen shorelines to protect nearby communities from flooding
Take action: Constituents living near shorelines need their properties protected and must let elected officials know they want solutions. Writing to representatives and attending town halls will make these projects a higher priority.
Yes, but: Your county officials might push back on the price tag for these solutions, but they can offer a positive return on investment. Breakwaters in New York Harbor generated $13.7m in benefits. The Galveston seawall has stood for over 100 years. Mathews County, VA combined revetments with soft shoreline solutions to protect a historic estate on the East River.
What experts say: “Armored shorelines can prevent sandy beaches, wetlands and other intertidal areas from moving inland as the land erodes or sea levels rise,” according to NOAA. “The key to shoreline stabilization, if it is required, is to use a site-specific stabilization method that balances the needs of the public and the needs of the natural system.”