This past winter many portions of the shoreline of Cape Cod experienced devastating erosion from nor’easters. This loss of shoreline property leads to a desire to protect homes from damage, however there are times when the desire to protect upland property conflicts with the ecosystem services provided by natural landforms. The key to responsible erosion control is to increase the resilience of the property while not negatively affecting the coastal resource areas.
Various alternatives to hard structures that cause negative impacts should be examined. A good alternatives analysis should discuss each method in terms of feasibility, environmental effect, and impact on adjacent and downdrift properties.
This new brochure from Woods Hole Sea Grant is designed to provide information about the various methods of erosion control and compares their relative impacts. By starting at the top of the spectrum and addressing each method until a feasible alternative is reached, applicants can show full diligence that all other options that have lower potential impact have been examined.
Download the Spectrum of Erosion Control brochure.