January 01, 2017

Living Shorelines: Eroding Regulatory Barriers to Coastal Resilience

Niki L. Pace and Nathan Morgan

We as a society love the coast. Beaches are a top tourist destination. Recreational fishing is a favored pastime. Water sports of all kinds are embraced by young and old. Coastal ecotourism is on the rise. In short, we Americans *heart* the coast! For that very reason, coastal resiliency is key to a sustainable future on the water. Many things that make our enjoyment of the coast possible—such as fisheries, water quality, and storm protection—are derived from coastal wetlands, marshes, and bays. Yet, traditional approaches to shoreline management and erosion control favor hardened structures that over time destroy this habitat.

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