Erosion Response Plans Provide a Wide Range of Benefits

After Hurricane Ike, one of the most costly storms in U.S. history, the Texas state legislature passed a law that allowed local governments to develop erosion response plans to reduce erosion and storm damage losses.

To encourage communities, development of a local plan is a requirement for eligibility for state Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act funding. The Texas General Land Office and Coastal Management Program created guidelines to support communities in this effort and provided funding for some of the early adapters.

Improving the ability of the public to access the beach was also a part of this effort. Funding was provided to construct some public access points, and procedures were established for the post-storm recovery of public access ways.

The erosion response plans are providing a wide range of benefits. Through this planning, communities have become more resilient, public access was improved, and the guide itself is serving as a “working bible” that helps elected local officials make consistent decisions for beachfront coastal management.

An evaluation metric set by the coastal management program was that ten percent of permits issued for dune restoration or mitigation projects between 2012 and 2017 adhere to an erosion response plan. During the first two years, all 13 permits issued for this work met the criteria. (2016)

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Partners: NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Texas Coastal Management Program