BCDC Approves Sand Mining Permit in San Francisco Bay

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Severe coastal erosion, Ocean Beach at Sloat, San Francisco, California. Photo source: ©© Shields

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San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) held a hearing Thursday and unanimously approved a 10-year mining permit for sand removal from San Francisco Bay, and from two other areas near Suisun, said Brenda Goeden of BCDC. Pacifica city staff strongly objected to the permit application, concluding the sand removal from San Francisco Bay would result in less sand on Pacifica beaches and contribute to greater cliff erosion…

The amount of sand the permit requests is 15 times greater than the annual amount of sand that comes into the bay from the delta and thus will negatively impact sand transport out of the bay. It will also create more than 10 years of bay floor disequilibrium and will negatively affect outer coastal beach nourishment…

Read Full Article, Mercury News

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