Stolen by the Sea

How Maryland's infamous Ocean City is being eroded away

A little about what's going on:

Coastal erosion is the wearing away of land and the removal of beach or dune sediments by wave action, tidal currents, wave currents or drainage. This is what's occuring in our ever-popular, Ocean City. Although efforts are being directed to move sand from outer locations to Ocean City, this method is expensive and only a temporary solution to our major problem. This 'solution' has also been going on since 1988, and yet little to no progress has been achieved.

Possible Solutions

Currently, options ranging from 'beach nourishment,' the transport of sand from one area to the victim-location, and the placement of jetties are being used to assist in our fight to stop coastal erosion in Ocean City.


However, there are more efficient means of fixing this issue. For example, planting vegetation on the edges of the coastal lines can produce a more stable, rooted system on the coasts, making it more difficult to drag the sand into the ocean and decrease the territory around it. This method also makes it difficult for storms to blow sand around and ruin the equipment put out to stop the erosion.