When we think of a coast, most of us envision:

a secluded get-away

(actually, 50 percent of the U.S. population lives within an hour's drive of a coast.)

photo of coast

with a broad stretch of sand

(In the late 1970's, $64 million was spent replenishing Miami Beach with 13 million cubic meters of sand.)

photo of wetlands

or perhaps vast marshes and wetlands

(Louisiana is losing as much as 100 square kilometers of wetlands each year, an area the size of the District of Columbia.)

photo of shellfish

with teeming wildlife and succulent shellfish

(One-third of the Nation's shellfish beds are closed or restricted because of pollution.)

Maintained by J.M. Watson updated 9.11.97