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Where is it happening?
Coastal erosion has an impact on many Americans. Eighty-five percent of the U.S. population lives in the thirty coastal states and fifty percent of these people live within fifty miles of the shoreline.
The Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment conducted a survey for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and discovered that the highest average erosion rates in the U.S.A. happen along the the Gulf of Mexico coastline. Thatís at rates of six feet or more per year!
The Gulf of Mexico coastline is 3,000 miles long . The states that border the Gulf of Mexico are Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Each state has enacted Coastal Management Programs to protect natural resources such as wetlands, flood plains, estuaries, beaches, dunes, and barrier islands. Click on the map below to find out more.
Gulf Coastal States Map
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