Shoreline Erosion and Sea Level Rise
Jaime Dubyna, Planner, Northern Office, Islands Trust
Excerpt from 2020 article
Sea Level Rise is causing concern for waterfront property owners and communities within Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/ Howe Sound due to higher waters encroaching on properties and carrying away shoreline materials such as sand and pebbles, a process known as shoreline erosion. Sea Level Rise is a relatively slow process and therefore the effects from storm surges will be seen before the direct impacts of SLR are noticed.
Read the full article to see what else is happening.
Background: View looking towards the mouth of Átl’ḵa7tsem/Txwnéwu7ts/Howe Sound. (Credit: Tracey Saxby, Visual Science)
What’s been done since 2017?
The table below reports on progress made on recommended actions from the previous 2017 article, where identified. Many of these require ongoing action.
|2017 Action||Action Taken|
|Individual and Organization Actions|
Adopt Green Shores approach as a policy.
Use Green Shores approaches for protecting and enhancing public shorelines in communities.
Join the Green Shores Local Government Working Group for Green Shores support and resources.
These actions are addressed by the following:
The number of queries received by Green Shores has increased over the past few years, from both communities and private landowners throughout the Sound.
These have not translated into enrolled projects.
What can you do?
A detailed overview of recommended actions relating to climate change is included in The path to zero carbon municipalities. In some cases, no progress was identified on previous recommended actions; these remain listed below. Additional actions marked as NEW also follow.
- Educate yourself on how to care for your shoreline using the resources provided below.
Government Action and Policy:
- NEW Identify areas at high risk for shoreline erosion, flooding and landslides.
- NEW Limit and manage development in these areas, e.g., building restrictions, setback limits.
- NEW Incentivise or offset costs of shoreline stabilization of public assets, e.g., soft shore armouring.