Beach Preservation

The Oahu Chapter’s Beach Preservation campaign is focused on protecting beaches, which are unique coastal environments with tremendous ecological, recreational and economic value. Beaches are a public resource and should be held in the public trust. As human activities and development in coastal areas increase, the need for preservation of beaches becomes ever more apparent. The Surfrider Foundation is working proactively to promote conservation and responsible coastal management that avoids coastal hazards like stormwater runoff, coral reef destruction or beach erosion The Oahu Chapter is generally opposed to building sea walls, rock groins and any kind of armoring of the shoreline because it leads to dramatic erosion as can be seen in Lanikai Beach. Due to seawall construction, Oahu is estimated to have experienced beach loss of more than 25% and Maui has lost more than 20%. The Surfrider Foundation supports coastal research and science-based management of coastal resources to promote sustainable, long term planning and preservation of beach environments, including public access, which is threatened by overdevelopment and erosion.

For more information on beach erosion, go to:
www.surfrider.org/stateofthebeach/05-sr/state.asp?zone=IS&state=hi&cat=be

Photo by Sean Davey

Photo by Sean Davey

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