Resources & Publications


Coastal Homeowner Buyout Forum

On Wednesday, April 21, Barnstable County held a “Coastal Homeowner Buyout Forum” to outline federal assistance programs available for homeowners who currently live in a designated floodplain (delineated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency) and may be interested in relocating. This County event was organized in partnership with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Sea Grant and hosted by State Representative Steven Xiarhos, State Senator Susan Moran, and the Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners.

The recording can be accessed here.

Links to presentation slides:
Federal Emergency Management Agency
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
US Army Corps of Engineers

Answers to questions that required additional research: Follow-Up Question Information



*Hard copies are available of all resources below.

Coastal Issues and Flooding
Floodplain Regulations and Historic Structures: A Guide for the Building Community
Dealing with Coastal Erosion – The Spectrum of Erosion Control Methods 
Questions and Answers on Purchasing Coastal Real Estate in MA 
Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards – Third Edition- July 2020
Impacts of Armoring on a Sandy Shoreline
Shoreline Armoring Impacts Video
Longshore Sediment Transport, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
National Flood Insurance Program
Flooding: Protect Your Property
Flooding: Protect Our Floodplains

Marine Extension Bulletins
To Tree, or Not to Tree: The use of discarded Christmas trees for dune stabilization
What’s That Sticking Out of the Sand?
Hurricane Vs. Nor’easter
Biodegradable Erosion Control
Coastal Dune Protection & Restoration
Effect of Sea Level Rise on Barrier Beaches of Cape Cod – MV
A Primer on Beach Raking


Greg Berman, Coastal Processes Specialist at 508-289-3046 or

Shannon Hulst, CRS Coordinator at 508-375-6952 or