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Abstract: Coastal protection permitting data from 780 Notice of Intent
submissions is presented from three towns on Cape Cod, Massachusetts to analyze the coastal
protection permitting experience since the creation of the Massachusetts Wetlands
Protection Act in 1978. Notice of Intent records serve as a measure of demand for coastal
protection and indicate that demand is rising in the towns of ... read moreTruro, Wellfleet and Eastham
and there appears to a trend towards soft coastal protection alternatives. A number of
potential anthropogenic and natural variables are discussed that could influence demand for
coastal protection permits but no clear trends are identified. Municipal decision-making
processes should to be refined to plan for upward trends in coastal protection permitting
to take advantage of wide regional expertise in the field.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Jon Witten.
Committee: Scott Horsley.
Keywords: Environmental management, Environmental Sciences, and Marine