Thurs, June 15, 7pm – Public Forum on Destructive Sand Mining Operations on the Monterey Coast

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.

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Recent News



More Articles:

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: