Surfrider Released the ‘State of the Beach’ Report, and the Results Are Awful

The Surfrider Foundation released their annual State of the Beach report for 2018 in mid-December, and the results are disappointing, to say the least.

The State of the Beach report grades 30 U.S. States, as well as Puerto Rico, on “their policies to protect our nation’s beaches from coastal erosion, irresponsible beach fill, sea level rise, and poorly planned coastal development.”

“The results reveal that 23 out of 31 states and territories assessed are performing at adequate to poor levels, with most of the lowest grades located in regions that are heavily impacted by extreme weather events,” Surfrider wrote. “Surfrider’s report card clearly indicates that not only do the majority of states need to make improvements, but they also require continued support at the federal level for the Coastal Zone Management Act and funding for agencies such as NOAA, to protect our coastlines for the future.”

According to the report, only eight states are doing a decent job: Washington, Oregon, California, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

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