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(5/25/16) Water Bill supports Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediment
(5/23/16) Celebrate America’s beaches: ASBPA names its Best Restored Beaches for 2016
(5/10/16) Investing in the coast pays off
(4/26/16) Don’t take your coast for granted
(4/18/16) Federal Funds for Shore Protection Included in Energy & Water Appropriations
(4/13/16) Tsunamis: One of the coast’s most destructive forces
(3/24/16) How can federal agencies invest in your coast?
(3/11/16) Corps RSM team honored by beach association
(3/8/16) How can Congress invest in your coast?
(2/23/16) Planning ahead for coastal resilience
(2/9/16) “Healthy coasts” the focus of upcoming Coastal Summit
(1/26/16) Still bracing for a Godzilla El Niño in 2016?
(1/12/16) Nominate your coastline as a Best Restored Beach
(12/22/15) Who speaks for your community’s coast?
(12/8/15) This holiday season, remember your coast
(11/24/15) Looking at the interplay of coastal influences
(11/10/15) Workshop targets dune value, management
(10/27/15) Stronger waves a worry for coastal communities
(10/13/15) Clearing the confusion about sea level rise
(9/22/15) What makes a great beach great?
(9/8/15) Support a coastal voice in Congress
(8/25/15) Why science matters
(8/11/15) Disaster preparedness vs. disaster recovery
(7/28/15) Scientific communication is a two-way street
(7/14/15) Seeking the science in living shorelines
(7/2/15) National coastal group: BP settlement must fund Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration
(6/23/15) Preserving the history of your coast – in pictures
(6/9/15) Is your community really ready for hurricane season?
(5/21/15) Celebrating America’s beaches: The Best Restored Beaches for 2015
(5/20/15) California and national beach groups respond to Santa Barbara oil spill; urge beach preservation
(5/12/15) Getting the best of both worlds in coastal protection?
(4/28/15) The other challenges from rising seas
(4/15/15) National beach advocacy group names executive director
(4/14/15) A how-to on how to value your community's beaches
(3/24/15) Research crucial to nearshore’s future
(3/10/15) Designing for disaster
(2/21/15) Coastal caucus, Sandy study highlight upcoming Coastal Summit
(2/10/15) A new direction in federal flood protection
(1/27/15) Improving resilience a wise coastal investment
(1/13/15) In defense of dunes
(12/23/14) The Top 10 things we get from the coast
(12/09/14) A federal wish list for the coast
(11/25/14) Study shows beach pollution can extend to sand
(11/11/14) What is an 'engineered' beach?
(10/28/14) The path to a more resilient coast
(10/13/14) Good news for coast in climate plan
(9/23/14) Why coastal retreat is not the only solution
(9/9/14) Communication a crucial part of science
(8/26/14) There are two sides to every island
(8/12/14) A new vision for coastal protection?
(7/22/14) Candidates and the coast: Elections a great time to get their attention
(7/8/14) Sea level rise calls for preparedness, not politics
(6/24/14) Study: Coast vital to America’s economy
(6/10/14) What does WRRDA mean to your community?
(5/27/14) Is your community ready for hurricane season?
(5/19/14) Celebrate America’s beaches: ASBPA releases its Best Restored Beaches for 2014
(5/13/14) More than just people heading to the beach this season
(4/22/14) Invite your elected officials to the beach
(4/8/14) NOAA: Not just a foul-weather coastal friend
(3/25/14) Learn more about the Corps
(3/11/14) Our coastal alphabet soup
(2/25/14) Beaches 101: The winter beach
(2/11/14) Who are we?
(1/28/14) The coast rides a federal wave of support
(1/14/14) The value of beaches
(12/23/13) Putting science back into flood insurance
(12/10/13) Investing in beaches can pay off for governments
(11/26/13) For this, we give thanks...
(10/28/13) Superstorm Sandy, one year later
(10/8/13) Coastal structures: Shore protection vs. erosion control?
(9/24/13) ‘Storm protection’? It’s much more than that
(9/10/13) Nourished beaches provide benefits now and into the future, say authors
(8/27/13) Rebuild or relocate? ‘Yes,’ says public
(8/13/13) Why beaches are distinctive
(7/23/13) Recognizing the need for (and benefit of) coastal protection
(7/9/13) Readying your coastline for rising waters
(6/25/13) Two programs to prep you for storms
(6/12/13) Learning storm lessons the hard way
(5/20/13) Celebrate America’s beaches: ASBPA releases its Best Restored Beaches for 2013
(5/8/13) Superstorm Sandy aftermath: A quiz
(4/24/13) Yes to turtles – and to beaches!
(4/9/13) America and beach nourishment: A quiz
(3/26/13) Why WRDA matters to you
(3/12/13) What does the sequester mean for the coast?
(2/26/13) New report spotlights coast’s value in jobs, trade and tourism
(2/21/13) Coastal activists bring their concerns to Washington
(2/12/13) Flood insurance faces changes
(1/22/2013) Taking the coastal message to Washington
(1/8/2013) Class, costs and the coast
(12/24/2012) Making our coastlines more resilient
(12/12/2012) Retreat is not the answer
(11/27/2012) The flood insurance myths
(11/13/2012) Sandy’s lesson? Wide beaches and high dunes protect people and property
(10/23/2012) Vote for beaches? Election season is a great time to put beaches front and center -- and perhaps a chance to help shape coastal policy and politics.
(10/9/2012) A closer look at rip currents Simpler terms can make rip currents more understandable – and survivable.
(9/25/2012) Beaches can benefit your health, too
(9/11/2012) Lessons from the storm season so far
(8/28/2012) Let nature take its course?
(8/14/2012) What causes erosion?
(7/24/2012) Congress tackles two coastal issues Gulf states get funding, and flood insurance gets a safety net
(7/10/2012) A surfing quiz
(6/26/2012) Sea level and the law Public interests vs. private property in play when coastlines undergo change
(6/12/2012) A hurricane season quiz
(5/22/2012) Don’t let flood insurance be swept away Congress must act to reauthorize, reform vital protection program
(5/8/2012) Coastal structures: A quiz Recently, the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association’s Science and Technology Committee studied the idea of reintroducing structures along the coast as part of a broader coastal management toolkit, and prepared a policy paper based on its research. This quiz is based on that paper.
(5/1/2012) Communities show their support for America’s coast: Restored beaches the real winners in online poll
(4/24/2012) Discover America? Discover beaches Foreign tourists mean domestic business… and the coast could be our country’s calling card
(4/13/2012) Have a plan to keep waters clean With federal funding in danger, communities need plan to maintain water quality
(3/30/2012) Past winners compete in annual coastal contest: Your chance to vote on America's best restored beach
(3/27/2012) My beach is gone…now what? What do you need to know when your sand starts to go?
(3/13/2012) Is NOAA plan the right move for coastline? Any change in agency’s status should be done because it’s right for the coast and its users, not because it’s easy
(2/14/2012) Beaches Q&A, part 1 The first in a series of frequently asked questions concerning common coastal issues
(1/24/2012) Federal coastal projects get some funding options Rule change allows non-federal contributions to help move coastal efforts forward
(1/10/2012) : Are you ready for sea level rise? Communities must understand, prepare for potential impact of rising tides
(12/29/2011) Use coastal fines to spur coastal recovery
(12/13/2011) Time to throw federal beach projects a lifeline Congressional action needed to address expiring authorizations
(11/22/2011) Does your community have a coastal agenda?
Create a vision, create a plan, create a way to keep your coast thriving.
(11/07/2011) Is our country's coastal expertise eroding?
Our shorelines are only as strong as the knowledge and funding that keeps them healthy.
(10/11/2011) Weather's deadly impact on the wane As we focus more on the impact of natural disasters, they actually are causing fewer fatalities than before.
(9/27/2011) Flirting with disaster A dearth of disaster relief could leave people, places vulnerable
(9/13/2011) Learning from disasters A few things learned from the hurricane season and disasters (natural and otherwise)
(8/23/2011) The Corps and the coast A look at the Corps components that work for America's coast
(8/9/2011) What to expect when your beach is nourished Wide beaches, erosion, “drop-offs” — what’s going on when you see rapid changes in your newly nourished beach?
(7/26/2011) Why a beach's economic power matters to you Knowing how the coastal economy works makes it easier to keep this valuable resource healthy and available to all
(7/12/2011) What's the economic power of your beach? Everyone can agree coastlines contribute seriously to local (and larger) economies... but it's often difficult to say how much.
(6/29/2011) Do you know what storm surge means to you? Studies show many coastal residents don't know enough about the dangers borne by rising waters.
(6/14/2011) Beaches benefit from new Corps work plan Coastal projects see an influx of funding as federal agency takes a new approach to set its spending priorities
(5/24/2011) Who pays for beach restoration? Funding for beach management is as varied and unique as the projects themselves
(5/10/2011) Beaches a boost for our economy Along with sun and fun, beaches can be a strong economic player locally and nationally.
(4/26/2011) Take your legislator to the beach Beach season kickoff a good time to remind your Member of Congress why beaches matter to your community.
(4/12/2011) Corps is facing an unsustainable future Agency's role on the coast is evolving as it is asked to do more with less.
(3/22/2011) The 'new normal' for beaches in Washington Recent beach vote, Coastal Summit shows the coast still matters in DC, even as the federal role in caring for our shorelines evolves
(3/8/2011) Looking at a structural solution to erosion Coastal structures may be back in shoreline toolbox, but in a targeted and engineered way.
(2/22/2011) What is an engineered beach? Well-designed beaches function to protect upland properties from storms and reduce erosion.
(2/8/2011) Planning for better coastal balance A new federal effort seeks to minimize conflicts and competition for limited coastal resources
1/25/2011) Why America is a leader in coastal engineering:The value and vitality of our shorelines make for diverse and difficult coastal challenges.
(1/11/2011) Beaches mean business Our nation's coasts contribute plenty to the national economy, according to two recent studies.
(12/28/2010) Research essential to sustainable coastal living Science provides practical insights for coastal managers now and into the future
(12/14/2010) In defense of earmarks? Federal beach projects could be collateral damage in any Congressional appropriations crackdown.
(11/23/2010) What is a science-based organization? Applying the latest scientific research to the organization's mission is important to many nonprofits.
(11/09/2010) Conferences really pay, not play Making it harder for local employees to attend professional conferences can save a little but cost a lot.
(10/26/2010) Watching out for turtles This nesting season, oil adds to the coastal challenges facing sea turtles heading back to the beach.
(10/12/2010) How to have better beaches and better surfing. A new report shows how surfers can get involved to protect their interests and play a productive role during a beach restoration project
(9/28/2010) Does your candidate support beaches? Election season is a great time to put beaches front and center -- and often a chance for you to help shape coastal policy and politics.
(9/14/2010) What makes a great beach great? When it comes to America's coast, greatness is in the eye -- and heart -- of the beachgoer.
(8/24/2010) Beaches a buffer between you and storm's waves A wide, sandy beach is best suited to stand up to a storm's onslaught, offering better protection for upland homes, habitat and infrastructure.
(8/10/2010) Will end of El Niño mean a stormier season? A natural phenomena that brings cooler waters in the Pacific could heat up the Atlantic hurricane season. With the help of The Weather Channel, find out why.
(7/27/2010) Oil in your beach, but not on it
The spill's impacts can lurk below the surface of an otherwise clean beach, and research shows storm waves will push more oil onto beaches even if landfall is hundreds of miles away.
(7/13/2010) The beach and the bench: The Supreme Court decision
The nation's highest court issued a shoreline settlement with major consequences for beaches around our country.
(6/22/2010) Oil and water: Spills and the shoreline, part 2 As oil continues to leak into the Gulf, what does it mean to beaches and the critters who rely on them? Answers to some of the common questions.
(6/8/2010)Oil and water: Spills and the shoreline, part 1 As oil continues to leak into the Gulf, what does it mean to beaches and the critters who rely on them? Answers to some of the common questions.
(5/25/2010) States write their own policies for beach access Access to the beach is a hot topic in many coastal communities, but who owns the beach
and has the right to use it brings a different answer depending on where you are.
Here is a look at how three states view the beach access issue.
(5/24/2010) From sea to shining sea: ASBPA releases list of the Best Restored Beaches for 2010
(5/13/2010) Federal investment in beach restoration projects nets more beach access for all Once upon a time, our country’s beaches were viewed as playgrounds only for the wealthy. Thanks to government mandating public access in return for any funding, beach restoration projects around the country have made a trip to the beach within reach for all Americans.
(4/27/2010) What do we have to lose if we don’t have beaches? As Americans, we all love beaches. But when it comes to spending money to protect them, some people say we should instead retreat from the coast. Certainly that is an option, but it comes at a hefty price. Economists in California estimated the impact of retreat in their state. The figures and how they came up with them may surprise you.
(4/13/2010)The Beachonomics Quiz Spring is in the air, when Americans start thinking about summer vacations. Many of them plan to visit one of America’s beautiful beaches and, when they do, they’ll be contributing to the U.S. economy by spending their tourism dollars there. Take the ASBPA “Beachonomics Quiz” to see how much you know about the economic value of beaches.
(3/23/2010) A better budget for beaches... but more money is still needed President Obama released his budget proposal last month. Coastal advocates are relieved to see an increase in funding for coastal projects, but say it is still not enough to restore America's eroding shoreline.
(3/9/2010) A whale of garbage litters America's beaches Clean beaches promote health, safety and enjoyment for people and pristine conditions for marine life. Read on to learn how the people in Galveston, Texas, are keeping their beaches clean.
(2/24/2010) The winter beach: Why no news is not good news
In communities with mature beach projects in place, winter storms - such as the nor'easter that raked the Eastern Seaboard in November - wreak the same havoc they once did. But no one notices because there's enough beach to protect the upland structures and property. Is it smart to be complacent about our nation's beaches?
(2/09/2010) America's shorelines stay active despite the weather
(1/26/2010) Handling the hazards of coastal megacities
Access to water has always been a strong factor in human settlement. But today, 15 of the world's 20 megacities are along the coast. Nearly 200 million people now live in a coastal megacity; by 2015, that number is expected to grow to nearly 240 million people. What are the risks of urban living along the coast, and what can be done to mitigate them?
(1/12/2010) The beach as a habitat Wide, sandy beaches provide much more than a space for people to set up a beach chair and umbrella. They are also prime habitats for thousands of critters. Take this quiz from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association to find out how much you know about the creatures who live on the beach.
(12/22/09) Artificial Reefs: The Wave of the Future? Artificial reefs have long served as habitats for marine life, but can they do more? Coastal experts say they can also protect the beach and enhance the surfing experience. Read more to learn about the implementation of this shore protection method in the U.S.
(12/08/09) Artificial Reefs: More than just Habitats Did you know that artificial reefs serve as more than simply habitats for oceanic creatures? They also provide shore protection and enhance the surfing experience. Take this ASBPA quiz to see how much you know about artificial reefs.
(11/24/09) Coastal boundary policies vary by state There is a growing demand to precisely locate coastal boundaries, but when attempts are made to formalize them temperatures rise and technical issues often erupt. Plus, there's no one way to make the determination - each state has its own system. Learn about some of the different ways states determine public vs. private property on the beach.
(11/19/09)'Sea-level rise - facing our future' is focus of beaches journal What will rising seas means to shorelines and communities (both human and natural)? A national coastal journal says local variables and responses, keeping long-range perspective and insisting on facts rather than frenzy will make a major difference in eventual impacts.
(11/10/09) Coastal hazards: How big a wave would it take to demolish a coastal building? Coastal hazards along America’s shorelines threaten a great percentage of the U.S. population. Take the beach quiz to find out how much you know about your risks.
(10/28/09) Florida beach dispute reaches U.S. Supreme Court Four beachfront property owners in Walton County, Florida objected that the renourished beach seaward of a state-set erosion control line would become public land, as is mandated by state law. The case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court and will have national implications.
(10/13/09) Florida draws lines in the sand to protect public interest
What may seem like a simple question "Who owns the sand on the beach?" is actually a very complicated one that varies from state to state. One conflict over the issue is awaiting a hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn more about how property ownership on the beach is established in one state.
(09/22/09) Coastal hazards: How big a wave would it take
to demolish a coastal building?

Coastal hazards along America’s 7,000 miles of shoreline threaten nearly half of the U.S. population. What are the risks? What can be done to protect our infrastructure?
Spencer Rogers from North Carolina Sea Grant explains.
(9/08/09) Coastal engineers have tools to preserve both beaches and surfing
Coastal engineers say increased awareness, new modeling tools and interaction between user groups, project designers and environmental agencies can help avoid potential conflicts between coastal engineering practices and the nation's surfing community.
(8/25/09) Surfers passionate about beach preservation
Surfers say public policies can affect the surfing quality. Here, a surfer who is also a coastal engineer addresses the policies that are most significant to preserving America’s beaches and recreational opportunities.
(8/11/09) Inlets: Good for navigation, bad for beaches
Coastal experts say inlets are necessary for our nation’s navigation and water quality, even though they sometimes interrupt the natural flow of sand along the shoreline. Learn more about what an inlet is and what scientists and engineers are doing to restore the flow of sand.
7/28/08) “Do no harm” when it comes to inlet management
Coastal experts say “do no harm” should be the motto behind managing our nation’s navigation channels; however, the theory is easier said than done. ASBPA member Phillip Roehrs discusses the in and outs of the strategy.
(7/14/09) Summer Fun Beach Quiz: How much do you know about the beach?
(6/23/09) NOAA: 'We have a lot to lose' in sea level rise 'emergency'
(6/9/09) Waves along Florida east coast becoming more volatile
(5/26/09) Hard lessons learned from Hurricane Ike
(5/12/09) A rising trend: Scientists discover wave heights are increasing on the Pacific Ocean
(4/28/09) Federal agency pulls the plug on coastal protection funding
(4/14/09) All waves are not created equal
(3/24/09) Dredging keeps our beaches ― and our tourism ― in good shape
(3/10/09) Dredging 101: The business of making beaches bigger
(2/24/09) Can you count on Congress to protect your beach in 2009?
(2/10/09) Congress: Beaches are a $600 to $1 investment
(1/27/09) To be or not to be: Beach renourishment after a nor'easter
(1/13/09) Notorious nor'easters take over for hurricanes during the winter
(1/6/09) Obama urged to develop comprehensive coastal policy
(12/23/08) How do you get federal funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to nourish your beach?
(12/09/08) How does a beach erode and why does it happen?
(11/25/08) Will there be money to help America's beaches recover from the 2008 hurricane season and prepare for 2009?
(11/11/08) Analysis: Did America’s beaches do their jobs this hurricane season?
(10/28/08) Want to be president? Here’s what you need to do to protect America’s coastlines
(10/14/08) Want to be president? Here’s what you need to know about America’s coastlines
(9/23/08) California seeks to expand federal role in coastal management
(9/9/08) Pocket beaches are national treasures
(8/14/08) New study shows beaches are a key driver of U.S. economy
(8/12/08) U.S. beaches are wider this summer
(7/22/08) Great Lakes Beaches
(7/8/08) Managing shorelines in the Great Lakes takes multiple approaches
(6/24/08) The government views your beach as valuable hurricane protection
(6/10/08) Beaches are the First Line of Defense against Hurricanes
(3/27/08) Are You Sitting on a Restored Beach?
(3/13/08) Beaches 101: Storms and waves steal sand from your beach
(2/26/08) America’s Coastal Policy: Why You Want the Federal Government’s Toes in Your Sand
(2/7/2008) Beaches 101: The Winter Beach