Although Nantucket Island experiences severe coastal erosion, control projects are extremely controversial. The goal of this project was to assess the regulatory, political, and social feasibility of testing innovative coastal erosion techniques on Nantucket. Through extensive interviews, archival research, and observation at public hearings, we determined the structure of the regulatory process and identified the opinions and concerns of key players. We conclude that getting approval for any innovative approach to erosion control will likely be a difficult, lengthy process.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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