Cameron County Erosion Response Plan

Primary goals for the Cameron County Erosional Response Plan (ERP) are to identify beach erosion hazards, assess ways to mitigate identified hazards, and evaluate potential expenditures that may be associated with beach erosion and flood damage reduction. Long-term erosion damages must be properly evaluated relative to net cost/benefit evaluations, but storm impacts often are the primary catalyst for increased attention on the need for a long-term comprehensive management/restoration strategy. Development and implementation of a long-term Erosional Response Plan for Cameron County requires an understanding of regional sediment transport processes, coupled with a long-term operational strategy to evaluate the best means for allocating available sand resources to existing and future projects.

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Applied Coastal personnel evaluated the impact of island movement and degradation on potential development along 16-miles of Gulf shoreline in the unincorporated limits north of the city of South Padre Island, and along the Boca Chica coast. The project focused on evaluating shoreline position changes and surface elevation characteristics for the outer coast shoreline of Cameron County. Transport rate estimates and surface elevation changes were derived from existing existing literature and map and photographic data sources to provide reliable measurements for restoration cost estimates, setback guidelines, and potential upland development. Coastal management actions were recommended as a guide to plan, design, evaluate, and maintain future shoreline positions.