Tuesday, January 18, 2011

LA Times - Managed Retreat

Sunday, January 16, 2011: The Los Angeles Times published a front page story on the Surfers' Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project.

In Ventura, a retreat in the face of a rising sea

'The effort by the city of Ventura is the most vivid example to date of what may lie ahead in California as coastal communities come to grips with rising sea levels and worsening coastal erosion.

...As the coastline creeps inland, scouring sand from beaches or eating away at coastal bluffs, landowners will increasingly be forced to decide whether to spend vast sums of money fortifying the shore or give up and step back.

"There's the old-school mentality that when nature threatens you, you fight back," said Paul Jenkin, Ventura campaign manager for the Surfrider Foundation and a longtime advocate for the project. "So this idea of retreating and moving back was really quite a radical proposition." '

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