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  1. Thank you for the good article that explains well many of the impacts of bulkheads. A small addition related to your idea that there are no natural structures that look like bulkheads and seawalls. There are actually many miles of natural deepwater rocky shoreline along the inland waters from Puget Sound to Alaska that look and impact water and wave action like a rock or concrete bulkhead. However I don’t at all claim that these steep rocky shorelines excuse the construction of unnecessary bulkheads, in fact the long stretches of shear rock make the rarer small beaches and estuaries in those areas all that much more important as habitat and in need of protection.

    1. Randy,
      I agree with almost everything you say, and I hesitated before writing that bulkheads don’t look like any natural structure I’ve seen. But, in truth, I can’t think of any rocky shoreline that looks like a bulkhead. In terms of function, many rocky shorelines act like bulkheads, with limited erosion and lots of wave action. I think that’s what you’re getting at.

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