The Alaska Harbor by Valdez.

Resources for people living waterfront

The closer you get to water, the more air quality tends to improve. There are exceptions, of course, but generally this is the case. Waterfront lifestyles are simply more outdoorsy and that is usually better for the human body than staying indoors for long stretches of time. Waterfront communities often have walking trails and pedestrian-friendly options that simply help make life more fun.

According to Zillow, the premium for living on the water isn’t as high it used to be. Homes along the water sold for a 36 percent premium in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new Zillow® analysis. The extra cost for waterfront living is at its lowest level since the second quarter of 2002, and below the average premium since 1996 of 41 percent.

Waterfront Gurus lists below a few resources for people that live watefront or close to the water. Working waterfront properties provide access to the water and serve as recreational and commercial hubs for water-dependent activities, and those are also covered by the resources listed in the article.

Sea Level Riser Viewer

This NOAA-sponsored website is focused on helping communities address coastal issues and has become one of the most-used resources in the coastal management community. It’s possible to view sea level rise and potential coastal flooding impact areas and relative depth. As well as a tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 10 feet above average high tides). Photo simulations of how future flooding might impact local landmarks are also provided, as well as data related to water depth, connectivity, flood frequency, socio-economic vulnerability, wetland loss and migration, and mapping confidence.

Local Scenarios: Compare inundation levels to local relative sea level rise scenarios.

Mapping Confidence: View the level of confidence in the base data used for mapping inundation levels.

Marsh Migration: View potential changes in marsh and other land cover types based on inundation levels.

Vulnerability: View the potential impact of sea level rise and coastal flooding on a vulnerable population.

High Tide Flooding: View areas susceptible to high tide flooding, or “nuisance flooding,” and the number of historical flood events that have occurred.

Sea Level Rise: View sea level rise and potential coastal flooding impact areas and relative depth.

Oceanographic Information on the web

There are any number of web sites that have tide predictions on them. And The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) and its predecessors have gathered oceanographic data along our nation’s coasts for over 200 years to protect life, property, and the environment. Serving both the public and other government agencies, CO-OPS is the authoritative source for accurate, reliable, and timely water-level and current measurements that support safe and efficient maritime commerce, sound coastal management, and recreation.



This is a national information and alert service for lake water levels in the United States. With a FREE member account you can receive water level alerts by email when the water level reaches your desired alert level. We currently offer Lake Level information and alerts for 345 lakes.

Smart Growth resource by the EPA

Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities (2009) builds on the smart growth principles to offer 10 development guidelines for coastal and waterfront communities. Developed in consultation with the Smart Growth Network, these guidelines reflect waterfront communities’ challenges and opportunities.

National Working Waterfront Network

The National Working Waterfront Network increases the capacity of coastal communities and stakeholders to make informed decisions, balance diverse uses, ensure access, and plan for the future of working waterfronts and waterways.

Max Francisco