Public Forum: A panel of experts will discuss the local impacts of sand mining by CEMEX along the California shoreline. Join the discussion and learn what can be done to stop the illegal sand mining on Monterey’s coast.
When: Thursday, June 15, 7pm
Where: Blackhorse Room at Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside CA
Who: Panelists: Edward Thornton, distinguished professor emeritus at the Naval Postgraduate School and an internationally recognized expert on coastal erosion, Katherine O’Dea, executive director of Save Our Shores, Bruce Delgado, Marina mayor, and Ximena Waissbluth, chair of the Surfrider Foundation Monterey Chapter.
Sponsored by: Sustainable Seaside, Citizens for Sustainable Marina (C4SM), The Surfrider Foundation Monterey Chapter, and Save Our Shores.
Public support is need to halting what we believe is un-permitted development under the Coastal Act by the CEMEX sand mining plant in Marina, California.
CEMEX’s operations have been identified as a primary cause of major beach and dune erosion at regional public beaches such as the Marina Dunes Preserve, Fort Ord Dunes State Park and Monterey State Beach. CEMEX is believed to mine approximately 270,000 cubic yards of sand a year (and perhaps more), from the beach.
Please take some time to get familiar with the issue if you’re not already.
Sand is a precious resource, vital to our coasts, and CEMEX’s operations are suspected to be a primary cause of beach and dune erosion in southern Monterey Bay. Scientific studies of the California shoreline identify CEMEX as the primary contributor to major erosion at regional public beaches such as the Marina Dunes Preserve, Fort Ord Dunes State Park, and Monterey State Beach.
The aim of Sustainable Seaside, Citizens for Sustainable Marina, and the Surfrider Foundation Monterey Chapter is to educate the public about this issue and to mobilize local citizens to take action to protect this region’s coastal resources, including its sandy beaches, from CEMEX’s operations, and to ensure CEMEX operations are in legal compliance.
THE LAST SAND MINE from Raindancer Media on Vimeo.
- SF Chronicle Editorial:End the California Sand Rush
- KION:Monterey council members take action over controversial Cemex plant
- SF Chronicle:Ignoring state threats, firm keeps sucking sand from Monterey Bay
- KAZU: Surfriders Monitor CEMEX Sand Mine While Negotiations Continue
- Monterey County Weekly: Activists hold protest at CEMEX mine; CEMEX responds
- Monterey County Weekly: Decision to shut down CEMEX sand mine remains elusive
- Monterey Herald: CEMEX: The sand mining conundrum
- KION: Sand Mining on the Central Coast: The future of Marina’s CEMEX plant in question
- Monterey County Weekly: CEMEX sand mine decision anticipated before year’s end
- KAZU: For Now, Coastal Commission opts for drawn-out talks over litigation with CEMEX in Marina
- Monterey County Weekly: County: Marina sand mine operated illegally since 1965
- Monterey County Weekly: CEMEX mine reflects human hunger for san
- Southern Monterey Bay has the highest coastal erosion rate in California; evidence suggests long-term sand mining is the primary cause
- The Lapis Sand Mine has been increasing the amount of sand it removes. One current estimate is that CEMEX is taking 380,000 cubic yards (about 70 football fields three feet deep) of sand each year
- The mine generates over $200,000 annually in property tax revenue, but the cost of beach erosion to the cities of Southern Monterey Bay is estimated at over $1,000,000 per year
- The mine operates without a Coastal Development Permit. The California Coastal Commission has issued a “notice of intent” but state officials need the public’s help and support in order to carry out a cease and desist order
- Temporal and spatial variations in sand budgets with application to southern Monterey Bay, California
- MBNMS: Coastal Erosion in Southern Monterey Bay
- Letter from Surfrider to the City of Marina about sand mining
- Technical paper on coastal erosion in Monterey Bay
Coast Weekly Article 2017
Conference Research Paper 2010 Sand Mining
Coastal Retreat in California’s Central Coast Region – CCoWS Wiki
2006 Study Monterey Bay Erosion sand mining
National Marine Sanctuary Erosion due to Armoring and Sand Mining 2014 – Copy
Monterey Herald 2013 Sand plant investigated – Copy
Monterey Beach Study by The Watershed Institute 2005
Partners in the campaign to halt sand mining in the Central Coast area: