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Battle Lines Are Drawn Over How To Stem Coastal Erosion

Publication Date: 
February 25, 2008
The Asheville Citizen-Times
Jordan Schrader

Senior Lecturer in Law Margaret "Meg" Caldwell is quoted an Asheville Citizen-Times story about coastal erosion:

Pressure for what critics call “shoreline armoring” will build as global warming causes more vicious storms and a gradual rise in sea levels, according to an Ecology Law Quarterly article co-authored by Meg Caldwell, former chairwoman of the California Coastal Commission, and Stanford Law School graduate Craig Holt Segall.

States including Oregon, Texas, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and both North and South Carolina restrict such projects, according to Caldwell’s article. Despite the Maine restriction, Congress last year authorized a breakwater off the coast of Maine, where dozens of homes are threatened.