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Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law

ARTICLE: ROLLING EASEMENTS AS A RESPONSE TO SEA LEVEL RISE IN COASTAL TEXAS: CURRENT STATUS OF THE LAW AFTER SEVERANCE V. PATTERSON

Spring, 2011

Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law

26 J. Land Use & Envtl. Law 365

Author

Richard J. McLaughlin*

Excerpt



Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies



I. Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Gulf Coasts



Climate change during the next century is expected to cause significant modifications to the world's coastal zones. 1 Increases in storm severity due to changes in precipitation patterns coupled with sea level rise will inundate and erode coasts causing a net loss of shorefront, threatening infrastructure, and increasing the likelihood of coastal flooding. Coastal areas along much of the Gulf of Mexico are exceptionally susceptible to changes due to relative sea-level rise and storm damage because the land is relatively low-lying and is subject to high levels of land subsidence. 2 Rising sea levels will result in more frequent and longer inundation of fresh-water marshes, swamps, and brackish marshes. 3 As coastal wetland areas are flooded by saline waters, they will be converted eventually to open water and their environmental benefits lost. 4 Changes to wetlands, beaches, dunes, and barrier islands will reshape public and private property boundaries on a vast scale and intensify existing coastal land use conflicts.



Without effective legal and policy approaches to deal with these changing conditions, litigation will become an increasingly common method of resolving disputes, and many of the gains provided by coastal management plans may be diminished. For example, many coastal managers are recognizing that decades of armoring projects (e.g., bulkheads, jetties, riprap, etc.) are causing natural sand and sediment migration processes to change, causing a large amount of beaches and coastal wetlands to ...
 
 
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