I’m Thankful for Those Who Protect Our Ocean and Beaches
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Carlsbad has about 7 miles of gorgeous beaches for visitors and residents to enjoy year-round. Sadly, because of Mother Nature, and human carelessness, our ocean and our beaches need help to keep them clean and to repair erosion that never fails to happen due to winds, waves and rain.
I’m thankful there are a number of private, city, county, and state organizations dedicated to dealing with keeping beaches in Carlsbad and elsewhere clean and dealing with erosion and related issues like bluff collapse and sea caves that have occurred in several areas, including at Terramar Beach in Carlsbad and at Torrey Pines State beach. Dealing with erosion, however, may be a mixed blessing!
I apologize in advance for not including every organization dedicated to these conservation and preservation efforts but the ones that immediately come to mind include the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, the Surfrider Organization, the California Coastal Commission, San Diego Coastkeeper, I Love a Clean Ocean, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, to name a few.
Lifeguards also play a role in keeping people safe in our ocean and on the beaches, as well as away from areas subject to bluff erosion and potential collapse. Despite warnings and barriers some people ignore them and explore dangerous areas atop bluffs and below.
Sand replenishment programs have been coordinated through SANDAG but some studies suggest that efforts to replenish sand may cause longer-term negative effects on ecosystems. And there are those who argue that erosion is natural and efforts to stall or correct it (e.g., sea walls, sand replenishment) may cause other problems.
You also see private citizens cleaning up the beaches from time to time as well as organized efforts for beach clean-up by various environmental groups such as those named above.