Our Vanishing Coast

Our Vanishing Coast

The purpose of this video is to increase awareness around coastal erosion which has resulted in the dramatic disappearance of Half Moon Bay, beaches and bluff top trails. 

If, after watching this video, you want to stay up to date this topic and others relevant to the Coastside communities like our FB page located HERE 

If you want to be able to watch this video full screen go to our youtube channel located here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Oqn3vJ2Ylc

As someone who has spent my entire life on these beaches it saddens me to bear witness to the eradication of our community's most valuable natural resource. We need to address now. Let's not wait until it someone falls off the coastal trail and gets injured. Let's not wait until HWY 1 (the transportation lifeline of the coast) is threatened.

This interview is not a result of a scientific study. As such, I have not validated all the information presented. I am just a concerned community member trying to increase awareness.

The images and the videos spliced into this interview we mostly taken at higher tide but all were taken with very little swell. The combination of a proper, long-period storm swell with peak high-tide will wreck carnage on our bluff tops, coastal trail, and Mirada Rd (or what will be left of it). A hand full of these conditions over a couple of winters and there will be REAL risk to HWY 1. I invite you to walk down to the effected areas during the next big swell, high-tide combination and observe for yourselves. Please be careful, however, as conditions (even on public roads like Mirada) will be dangerous. 

Any effort to date and any effort other than re-establishing the natural flow of sand will be a half-measures at best. These efforts, not only futile, will be financially unsustainable for our community as they will need to be continual. But...even continual effort will not stop the ocean from carving away at our coast let alone reverse it's effects.

In it's simplest form we have a give and take system. The ocean TAKES sand and out to see and down the coast but it GIVES us new sand from the mountains and from the north. Like many things in the natural world it's a perfectly balanced system. The creation of the harbor has removed natures ability to give us new sand leaving us with a system that only takes sand away. When you look at it this way you can clearly see the ONLY sustainable solution to preserving our beaches (and getting them back) is to re-establish the natural process by providing new sand flow. 

I invite you to simply observe what is going on with our coastal beaches. If you don't like what you see please spread the word and help increase awareness. At the end of the day the power to effect "real" change lies within us (the community) and our collective voice. 

Let's get our beaches back.

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Phone: 650-533-7989
Dated: December 17th 2016
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