In 2014, the Massachusetts Legislature established the Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission to investigate and document the levels and impacts of coastal erosion in the Commonwealth and to develop strategies and recommendations to reduce, minimize, or eliminate the magnitude and frequency of coastal erosion and its adverse impacts on property, infrastructure, public safety, and beaches and dunes.

Since it first convened in March 2014, the Commission held eight meetings, reviewed the work and findings of similar state- or national-level commissions on coastal shoreline and floodplain management, convened five regional public workshops, and created three Working Groups to provide significant assistance to the commission in meeting its charge and tasks.

As noticed in the January 7, 2015, Environmental Monitor, the Commission’s report was available for a 90-day public comment period, which concluded on April 7, 2015. In addition, five regional public hearings were held and are listed below.

The final report presents the work, findings, and recommendations and is organized into two volumes. Volume 1 contains the body of the report with seven chapters and appendices. Volume 2 contains the technical reports of the Commission’s three Working Groups: (1) Erosion Impacts, (2) Legal and Regulatory, and (3) Science and Technology. For more information on the Commission and its process, see:

Massachusetts Coastal Erosion Commission Final Report and Recommendations, December 2015