New report from US NOAA – “Protecting the Public Interest Through the National Coastal Zone Management Program: How States and Territories Use No-Build Areas Along Ocean and Great Lake Shorefronts”.

The US National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently released a report titled “Protecting the Public Interest Through the National Coastal Zone Management Program: How States and Territories Use No-Build Areas Along Ocean and Great Lake Shorefronts”

The report provides a very good summary of shorefront development controls and associated policies around the US coastline.

Some contextual statistics in the introduction are quite staggering from a threat perspective including the estimate that over the next 60 years, erosion and recession may claim 1 in 4 houses within 500 feet of the US shoreline.

Further, it is estimated approximately 1500 homes and the land upon which they are built will be lost to erosion each year on average for the next several decades. The associated costs to property owners are estimated to average $US 530M per year.

Download the full report