Subject: Workshop on Coastal Erosion and Southern Monterey Bay Beaches
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 10:33:21 -0700
From: Saunders, Rachel <>
Organization: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
To: mbnms_pr

***Public Meeting Announcement***

The Southern Monterey Bay Coastal Erosion Workgroup (SMBCEW) will be holding a public meeting on July 14, 2006, from 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM in the Colton Room of the Monterey Conference Center, to discuss the issue of coastal erosion and developing a regional plan to preserve beaches in southern Monterey Bay.

Dealing with coastal erosion is a part of living on the California coast-coastal retreat is a natural process that has been occurring for thousands of years. However, as development that has occurred along the shoreline over the years increasingly becomes threatened, we are seeing an increase in proposals to protect these structures with coastal armoring such as seawalls, which can ultimately lead to significant impacts including permanent loss of beach. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on coastal erosion issues and science in the region, and the goals, objectives, and accomplishments of the SMBCEW. The meeting also provides an opportunity for the public to provide input to the workgroup on various alternative strategies which could be included in a regional approach to addressing coastal erosion, while preserving beaches and minimizing socioeconomic impacts.

The Southern Monterey Bay Coastal Erosion Workgroup was initiated jointly in 2005 by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), in collaboration with state and local partners, as part of a process to update the sanctuary’s management plan. The 20-member workgroup is made up of scientists, federal and state agencies, and local government representatives, conservation interests and other local experts. The workgroup was established to address the issues of coastal erosion and armoring and develop a regional planning approach in the Southern Monterey Bay region encompassing the shoreline between the Salinas River mouth and Wharf II in Monterey.


Coastal Erosion in Southern Monterey Bay: Developing a Regional Strategy for Preserving Our Beaches

A Public Workshop Sponsored by the Southern Monterey Bay Coastal Erosion Workgroup

Monterey Conference Center, Colton Room
1 Portola Plaza, Monterey

Friday, July 14, 2006 9:30AM-12: 30PM

9:30 AM — Welcome and Overview of Southern Monterey Bay Coastal Erosion Workgroup. Dr. Holly Price, MBNMS

9:50 AM — Critical Erosion Sites in Southern Monterey Bay. Brad Damitz, MBNMS

10:05 AM – A Systems Approach to Understanding Coastal Retreat in Southern Monterey Bay. Dr. Douglas Smith, PhD, CSUMB.

10:20 PM – Southern Monterey Bay Erosion Rates and Sediment Budget. Dr. Ed Thornton, Naval Postgraduate school

10:40 AM – Break

10:50 AM – Potential Strategies to Address Erosion in Southern Monterey Bay. Brad Damitz, MBNMS/ Lesley Ewing, California Coastal Commission

11:20 AM – Need For a Regional Approach. Dr. Charles Lester, California Coastal Commission

11:30 AM – Comment Period

12:25 PM – Meeting Wrap-up and Next Steps

12:30 PM – Adjourn

Holly Price
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
299 Foam Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 647-4247
Fax: (831) 647-4250

Rachel T. Saunders
Community & Public Relations Coordinator
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 647-4237
Fax: (831) 647-4250