The erosion of sand dunes and beaches along the shoreline is, to a large degree, a natural process of shaping and reshaping the coastal environment over time. For this reason, doing nothing to address erosion is an option that should be considered. If the erosion is natural and not causing an immediate hazard to property or infrastructure, doing nothing is almost always the least costly and often the environmentally preferable option.
In evaluating the “do-nothing” alternative, assess the level of risk you are willing to accept in conjunction with the existing and expected uses of the property. The “do nothing” alternative makes the most sense if:
- * there aren’t any structures or areas of critical habitat on your property, or
- * the erosion is minimal and any structures are located far away from the eroding shoreline, and
- * a defined erosion rate has been determined (in consultation with local experts).