Erosion of our coastlines

Waves and currents, storms, rising sea waters, man-made constructions and dredging activities all contribute to the erosion of our precious coastlines.

Beaches, dunes and sand cliffs on open coastlines are vulnerable to erosion. Strategies to protect the environment include removing sand from built-up areas and bringing it back to areas of erosion, dune protection, plantings and boardwalks.

Did you know? Much of the South Australian foreshore development occurred in the 1940’s. Storms over the next 20 years showed that the metropolitan coastline was unstable. They created widespread damage to properties along the foreshore and increased public awareness about the effects of natural coastal processes.