Coastal Blog — Coastal Preservation
August 13 2012
Beach driving not only involves ecological considerations; it also involves beach access and freedom to enjoy coastal resources. This blog explores how beach driving has shaped the law and, in turn, how the law has responded to beach driving.
August 03 2012
This is part 1 of a 3-part blog series that explores issues related to beach driving through several case studies as well as by highlighting impacts that can occur even in places that do not allow public beach driving.
May 07 2012
Environmental campaigns are most often marathons, not sprints. You have to be prepared to be in it for the long haul. An extreme example of this is our Save Ma'alaea campaign, which has extended for over 20 years. Ma'alaea, on the island of Maui, is home to a small boat…
January 27 2012
Regulators designated nearly 42,000 square miles of ocean on the West Coast as critical habitat for endangered leatherback sea turtles, protecting them from ocean-related development projects and pollution.
January 06 2012
This updated report is the latest from the Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition, which Surfrider Foundation is a member, and addresses Florida's most challenging coastal and marine topics and recommends actions for protecting and preserving the future of Florida's coasts and oceans.
December 16 2011
“King tides” are extreme high tide events that tend to be more dramatic in the winter when storms cause increased wind and wave activity along the coast. These high water events allow us to visualize now how flooding from rising sea levels will impact our beaches, coastal areas and shoreline…
October 10 2011
TransparentSea is an ongoing awareness campaign aimed at highlighting coastal environmental issues with particular attention given to cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and the waters they inhabit. They're following the southern migration of the California Grey Whale whale throughout the month of October, joining them near Santa Barbara on October 1st,…
September 04 2011
Cape May, NJ is planning to have the Army Corps remove sand from one of their many replenished beaches. The volume of sand is causing a steep beach which in turn leads to increased number of shorebreak injuries; many of them c-spine injuries.
September 02 2011
Clara Cartwright is the 2011 Dillon Henry Memorial Intern in the Environmental Department of the Surfrider Foundation. Clara has been working on improving the Beach Ecology indicator for our State of the Beach report and is finalizing some case studies on best practices for considering beach ecology while managing beaches.…
August 10 2011
A beach replenishment project completed last year in Harvey Cedars, NJ is implicated in this news article about a number of injuries in the shorebreak. The surf was chest high at best, yet they restricted swimming due to injuries.
August 04 2011
Coastlines throughout the world are very sensitive to changes in sea level. Sea level changes where waves break, how coasts erode or accrete, the tidal flow in estuaries, and the location and extent of wetlands and coral reefs. And small changes, on the order of inches, can have profound impacts…
May 25 2011
North Carolina has long had one of the strictest coastal management laws limiting the use of hardened structures on the beach for erosion protection. Unfortunately their legislature recently moved to allow the construction of terminal groins to try to control sand movements near tidal inlets.
April 27 2011
The federal government had to issue a cease-and-desist order in April for a beach-nourishment dredging project off Hillsboro Beach and Deerfield Beach. Residents had noticed high levels of turbidity, or muddy water, moving along the shoreline. The order cites a leaky pipe that dumped sand on an area of "hardbottom,"…