Sea Grant Extension helps coastal communities address beach erosion
OSU convenes community planning on coastal erosion, flooding and landslides
Oregon State University scientists have recorded more erosion along Oregon's 363-mile coast in recent decades because of higher waves crashing into beaches and more frequent storms. Such erosion threatens highly valuable beachfront property and local tourism, which is a major component of the Oregon coastal economy. Visitors spent $1.5 billion on the Oregon coast in 2011, resulting in the employment of nearly 20,000 people and the generation of $60 million in local and state tax receipts.
So OSU's Sea Grant Extension is helping coastal communities develop strategies to address erosion, flooding and landslides. Additionally, it's connecting local elected leaders and citizens with university researchers and agency personnel so they can exchange information, hear concerns and make plans to protect human life and property – all of which aim to preserve and promote economic vitality on the coast.
Sources: Oregon Coast Visitors Association; "Oregon Travel Impacts, 1991-2011" report by Dean Runyan Associates; Pat Corcoran, a coastal hazards outreach specialist with Oregon Sea Grant Extension.