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Easy solution: Install large wind turbines offshore that will power pumps to move sand back onto their beaches. Of course, they will object to this as being an eyesore but too bad.
Obama did just pledge 170 million to myanmar, so it's a win win. Right?
Folks on the east coast, just realize that this is inevitable. The world is changing and most of the east coast will be under water. So lets not waste the money on repairing the shore. MOVE!!!
Tell it to the folks in Grand Forks/Fargo area who get flooded out year after year. They never move either, do they, or consider it?
"debate that has raged for years over the wisdom of pumping millions of dollars' worth of sand onto the coastline, only to see it wash away continually."--How about a debate over the morons who insist on building--and rebuilding--homes in areas that are sure to be struck by a natural disaster, like directly on the ocean and, closer to home, on the floodplains of rivers.
Our global population will live near water, near the ocean. That's a human fact of life. What we can do with modern information and technology is build smarter, allowing for more native vegetation, more green-space, between homeowners and the ocean. A buffer is an amazing thing for any area.
how is it that NJ gets its beaches paid for and Duluth dosn't get its roads rebuilt?
Difference between NJ coast and Grand Forks: NJ coastline is at sea level, and the houses aren't too far above it. Sea level is rising, and the rise will accelerate. While the mean sea level might not reach the houses this century, what really matters is storm surges & beach erosion. Sea level rise will make these drastically worse over time. Grand Forks and East Grand Forks actually did raze a lot of homes after the great flood of 1997. Didn't raze the whole city, but the certainly did raze the most flood prone homes.
So we are actually paying to move sand from one pile to another. Then the waves move it back out and we move it in. Typical government work.
Large boulders would be more stable
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