Coastal U.S. Gets Failing Report Card on Extreme Weather Prep
U.S. states and territories most impacted by extreme weather are still severely underprepared when it comes to protecting the nation’s beaches from coastal erosion, sea level rise, and other serious issues, according to a recent report.
About 40% of the country residing along coastlines, but beaches are disappearing at an alarming rate – coastal erosion causes about $500 million in damage to structures and property loss. The 2017 State of the Beach Report Card, which evaluates U.S. states and territories on their protective policies, rated 22 out of 30 states, as well as Puerto Rico, as performing at adequate to poor levels – with the lowest grades in areas most heavily hit by extreme weather events.
The eight states graded at an A or B level for beach protection (sediment management, coastal armoring, development, and sea level rise):
The report’s conclusion: there’s a critical need for improved coastal management practices to mitigate and reduce the impacts of erosion and sea level rise. The report offers some examples of effective policies and programs, including:
Click here to read the complete report.