Community Invited to Public Forum on Coastal Erosion

Community Invited to Public Forum on Coastal Erosion

From Pacifica Riptide: Coastal Erosion Forum @ Main Library, March 27

In Pacifica, as elsewhere along the 700 mile Coast of California, cliffs crumble and beaches wash away and return. Almost every year people are reminded that here along the San Mateo Coast, erosion averages 2 feet a year. But the process is not orderly and dramatic events often occur during El Nino years like the one we have experienced this winter.

On Saturday, March 27, Pacificans are invited to a Coastal Erosion Forum at 2 p.m. at Sharp Park Library on Hilton. Phone: (650) 355-5196. Please park on the street, not in the library parking lot, which is reserved for library patrons.

Opening the forum, USGS emeritus geologist Monty Hampton will present images of the Coast documented in Pacifica and other local communities. A coast resident and specialist in environmental marine geology, Hampton surveyed local coastal cliff retreats for many years as chief scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

The second part of the forum will highlight recent studies undertaken by Phillip Williams and Associates, Ltd for the Pacific Institute. As an environmental hydrologist and civil engineer, Pacifican Bob Battalio will consider how our beaches and cliffs may be affected in the future by the same physical processes operating today.

Charles Lester, Coastal Commission deputy director, will also be on hand if other responsibilities permit. The afternoon will close with questions and discussion.

The same story (identical text) appeared in the Pacifica Tribune on MercuryNews.com.

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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