riparian rap

USGS Ike damage assessments.

The USGS has posted before and after photos, here of the Bolivar Peninsula just east of Galveston.

Maybe I should explain my posts on this–I believe that climate change and society’s reaction to it are among our most important environmental issues. And of course sustainable development is important to us all, particularly when scarce public resources are diverted to clean up predictable, preventable messes like this one. The issues surrounding floodplain development are similar to those surrounding coastal development.

I’m not an expert on coast geomorphology, but I suspect these photos show unsustainable development.