From the rocky coast of Maine to the sandy beaches of
California, America’s coastlines draw
millions of visitors each year. In addition to their beauty, America’s
coastal areas also provide numerous recreational opportunities; habitat
for hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife; and a livelihood
for millions of Americans.
Coasts are dynamic areas, buffeted by storms--some mild and some fierce
like hurricanes--that can change the way the area looks and functions
over time. Erosion caused by storms eats away at developed land and
ocean surges during storms can lead to flooding. Coastal areas and the
wildlife that call them home also are impacted upon by natural events and human activities.
The Corps is an important partner in numerous programs and projects
designed to help protect the economy and
the environment of our nation's coastal
areas by reducing the effects of these threats.
Corps coastal protection and restoration projects include:
- beach fills and nourishment to protect against storm surge and wave-generated
- construction of shore structures, such as sea walls, breakwaters,
and revetments, to protect against flooding and erosion; and
- best practices sand management, like regional sediment management.