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A Call for Resiliency

The National Shoreline Management Study results show that the shorelines of the U.S. are eroding, with enormous implications for the health, economics, and welfare of our citizens and the environment. Climate change and sea level rise significantly compound the regional and local issues on what management steps are needed to establish resilient shorelines. A series of fact sheets are available to provide information at the national, regional and state levels:

Eroding U.S. Shorelines - A Call for Resiliency

National Shoreline Management Study

Current Initiatives

Activities under the National Shoreline Management Study (NSMS) are describing the extent, causes and effects of shoreline change. Study participants are developing recommendations on government roles in shore protection and the use of a systems approach to sediment management. These efforts will help inform decisions that are important to future population safety, ecosystem health and economic growth:

Sharing Lessons Learned

The Corps has been involved in the coastal zone since the 1930s, and over time Corps coastal engineers and scientists have learned a great deal about the geology, dynamics and environments of our Nation's shorelines. Sharing this information with the coastal community and the public is an important part of the NSMS so that all stakeholders can help in the stewardship of our coastal resources.

  • Tales of the Coast is meant for the public and specialists alike. This website features information on regional coastal geomorphology, environments and habitats, coastal engineering activities, and current and past projects throughout the coastal zone.
  • A report on the systematic movement of sand and sediments is in preparation. This document will help decision-makers understand how waves, water levels and sediment interact on different types of coasts. Knowledge of sediment dynamics can support sustainable sediment management approaches.
  • Case studies of particular coastal locations are being published to further explore historical and current approaches to coastal management. These case studies provide real-world examples of the challenges to and opportunities for systems approaches to sediment management, and the ways in which the Corps and others are already implementing such solutions.