Coastal Conservation Programs

California by Joe Azure via flickrMaybe resilience is just this year’s environmental buzzword, but we’d like to think that it is an increasingly important concept in coastal conservation. Passive preservation is no longer enough — blowing winds, churning waves, and rising seas are threatening our coastlines and we need to adapt.

Our political leadership has not found a meaningful way to prevent carbon from polluting the atmosphere, regardless of record-setting temperatures and storm-surge wake-up calls from storms like Katrina and Sandy. More worrisome for coastal residents, though, is that our political leadership is showing increased reluctance to pay the bills caused by their inaction.

Here at Coastal Conservation Network, we are dedicating our efforts to enhance coastal resilience in these tough and changing times. We will advocate for conserving our natural and scenic seashores for clean water, coastal habitat, and safe recreation.  And we will also advocate for sensible strengthening of coastal protections for our communities.

 

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U.S. Navy photo - Debris following Japanese tsunami

Marine debris — whether it’s traveled thousands of miles from the Japanese tsunami, or whether it’s simply the careless litter and unsecured trash washed into the ocean — is a costly mess.  Debris threatens sensitive marine and coastal habitats and has the potential to harm hundreds of species of fish and marine fauna. The worst of it ca n also interfere with navigation, cost millions of dollars in lost fishing and tourism revenue, and threaten human health and safety. The vast majority of marine debris could have been prevented.

At Coastal Conservation Network, we’re committed to meaningful actions to prevent more debris from entering our waterways and contaminating our coasts, and we will insist on the resources to clean the mess that persists on our shorelines.

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Port of Vancouver - via flickr, creative commons license by Michael ChuWe rely on them for jobs and commerce and for products that fuel modern life. Ports and Harbors are among the most critical economic infrastructure in any nation. But they also have a significant environmental footprint. Ports are necessarily heavily industrialized and intensely developed lands on the immediate waterfront. And they are home base for the shipping industry which has significant environmental impacts in their operations.

At Coastal Conservation Network, we are dedicated to keeping a watch over these oft-forgotten port and harbor areas, so that their impacts on our coastal environment are minimized while their economic engine keeps running.

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FloridaSprawlMore and more of the world’s population is concentrating on coasts — and accommodating population growth without damaging coastal ecosystems is more and more of a challenge.  When it comes to coastal ecosystem protection, it is not enough to ask whether we develop, but we also need to ask tough questions about what we develop and where we develop it. The impacts are significant and complex: development has direct impacts on air and water quality, habitat loss, navigation and commerce, recreation and public access, and important scenic values. As climate change and sea level rise impact the coastlines, these problems become even more difficult. Especially because coastal development is managed through a patchwork of legal and regulatory authorities, by a multitude of federal, state, and local agencies often with overlapping jurisdictions and crossed purposes.

With increasing development pressures on the coasts, Coastal Conservation Network is dedicated to heightened awareness and increased scrutiny for inappropriate coastal development. Population and development can be managed with better planning, smarter growth, low impact designs, and permanent preservation of critical habitats and sensitive areas. There’s no real alternative.

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