Coastal Erosion Monitoring
Monitoring and Awareness Project
The Coastal Erosion Monitoring and
Awareness Project began at Coalition-SGSL in the summer of 2009.
With the guidance of coastal zone experts from the Geological
Survey of Canada and the New Brunswick Department of Natural
Resources, we developed a toolkit for community groups to monitor
and characterize their shoreline. See the powerpoint show on how to
use the toolkit here
(PDF 3Mb) Specific stretches of coastlines
were identified to set up as monitoring sites. The sites were
selected with the community groups and are now being monitored.
Locations were geo-referenced using GPS and entered into the
The Coalition-SGSL’s project leader Nadine LaPlante and
members of the Coastal Erosion Working Group did a partial analysis
of the data and presented these results and the project to the
communities involved. The presentations intended to show the
preliminary results of the data collection, inform the audience
about the project and its relevance to their coastal situation, and
give next steps for the project. The community groups involved in
the project continue monitoring efforts and are always open to new
volunteers to continue data collection.
We also developed an information brochure on coastal erosion to
serve as a basic awareness tool for the community groups. This
brochure explains the nature of coastal erosion, what natural
processes occur with this phenomenon and what individuals can do to
live with coastal erosion.
The Coastal Erosion Brochure
is currently available
in English and French in PDF. We hope to make it
available in printed format to Coalition-SGSL members
This Project was undertaken with the
financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the
Department of the Environment.
Coastal Erosion Monitoring and Education Program
The above project spurred the creation of a new program at the
Coalition-SGSL to ensure continued effort towards community based
monitoring and education on coastal erosion issues. The
Coastal Erosion Monitoring and Education Program (CEMEP) serves as
an umbrella for coastal erosion related projects and efforts at the
Coalition-SGSL. This program is supported by the Coastal Erosion
Working Group who provide direction around the two main program
themes, education and monitoring.
The Education component focuses on informing the general population
and community decision makers about coastal erosion and means of
living sustainably with this natural phenomenon. The Monitoring
component helps to build capacity locally for informed decision
making regarding coastal erosion. These two components combined
have a cumulative effect of empowering residents of the Southern
Gulf of St-Lawrence with the knowledge to implement sustainable
land-use planning in coastal areas.