Blowing In The Wind? Spending Millions On Disappearing San Diego Beach Sand

Beach erosion, Torrey Pines Beach, San Diego, California. Captions and Photo source: ©© Abraxas3d


All up and down the San Diego coast, sand, particularly in North County, has disappeared from the beaches.

Sometimes all beachgoers find is pebbles.

In 2012, the San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, spent $28 million in public funds on the Regional Beach Sand Replacement Project. Workers spread 1.5 million cubic yards of the valuable stuff on eight public beaches from Oceanside to Imperial Beach.

There’s not much left.

Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, said that is only natural. Tides wash away sand, and higher tides and sea levels result from global warming…

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