Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sea level rise impact public hearing, Half Moon Bay, Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Daily Journal (San Mateo), Bill Silverfarb, 7/19/13. "State tackles sea level rise."

The article says sea level rise is
a serious issue we must continue to address
....  "Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, is heading a first-of-its-kind effort this year to weigh the impacts of sea level rise on coastal agriculture, fishing, ports, airports and other industries and will convene a select committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy next week in Half Moon Bay, the second of four expected hearings on the topic.

....  “Sea level has been rising over the past decades and we are seeing more coastal erosion such as in Pacifica,” Gordon told the Daily Journal.

“We will have decisions to make as to what to armor, where do we retreat and where not to build in certain areas,” he said.  Next week’s hearing will focus on coastal agriculture, fishing and aquaculture industry and tourism. The select committee will hear testimony from state agencies, academic experts and locals such as commercial fishermen. 

The Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy Hearing — Impact of Sea Level Rise on California’s Costal Agriculture, Fishing and Aquaculture Industry and Tourism is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, Half Moon Bay Department Operations, 537 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay."

Note:  photograph is from The conversation/Sea Levels.

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

For anyone who might be skeptical as to just how fast the seas are rising:

I saw a photo of Rockaway Beach circa 1912 where the sand beach extended all the way to the outer points. If it weren't for Nick's seawall, the shoreline would probably now be bumping up against the Coast Highway.I believe the picture was from the archives of the Pacifica Historical Society.

Hutch said...

Sand retreat is not the same as sea level rise. Yes sea levels are rising but so far the amount is negligible. What your seeing in that old picture is evidence of sand migration.

Anonymous said...

Sea walls a retaining walls are two different things. Even real sea walls move sand around.

Ask the people around Esplande and the apartments at Lands End and the condo complex passed McDonald's.

Anonymous said...

Re-nourishing the sand has been done in communities losing their beaches. I think rich Malibu beachfront property owners bought sand dredged up near LA and re-did some of their famous beaches. Or tried to. Gets complicated because it effects both private and public property. And it gets political. It also has to be redone after 5 -10 years.

Anonymous said...

Yes and Santa Cruz, makes a living off the beaches. They used to always have a tractor that went out and groomed the beaches every morning when the sun came up.

Pacifica, is the only beach town on the West Coast, that does not take advantage of being a beach town.