Resolving Beach Conflicts in California and Maine

by Nicole Ricci, University of Southern California, Sea Grant Inst. Program Wrigley, Institute for Environmental Studies, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0376, United States,
Maurice D. Van Arsdol, Jr., University of Southern California, Sea Grant Inst. Program Wrigley, Institute for Environmental Studies, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0376, United States,
Angela Constable, University of Southern California, Sea Grant Inst. Program Wrigley, Institute for Environmental Studies, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0376, United States,
Deirdre M. Mageean, University of Southern California, Sea Grant Inst. Program Wrigley, Institute for Environmental Studies, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0376, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sand Rights '99: Bringing Back the Beaches

Abstract: Local communities can measure and project sea level rise (SLR), delimit populations affected by SLR, assess the positions of local stakeholders, and put in place appropriate responses. SLR related phenomena, which include storm surges, erosion and shoreline recession, are expected to severely impact coastal areas during the twenty-first century. California and Maine, which have similar SLR related problems, are appropriate locations for coastal research and coastal policy planning. We examine several factors that local governments in California and Maine can take into account when planning for SLR. Those factors include the following: special interest areas such as wetlands and sand dunes, protective measures and beach renourishment, mitigation of hazards, stakeholder involvement in policy formulation and implementation, and economic incentives or disincentives for building in hazardous areas, including the availability of insurance.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Public health and safety | Wetlands (coastal) | Beaches | Dispute resolution | Sea level | Economic factors | Beach nourishment | Erosion | Shoreline | North America | United States | California | Maine

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