Sand Filling at Our Local Surf Breaks
Being a North San Diego County resident, I definitely take advantage of the miles and miles of reef breaks in the area. A couple of my favorite breaks are Boneyards and the Cardiff rivermouth. Not only are these breaks becoming more crowded everyday, but they are also slowly being filled in with sand.
In an effort to provide more beach for tourists and reduce coastal storm damage, the cities of Solana Beach and Encinitas are sponsoring some large beach fill projects in the area. Along with the ACOE, Army Corp of Engineers, the cities plan on filling 200 feet of sand in Solana Beach and 100 feet in Encinitas.
It’s not rocket science to figure out that the sand will simply get washed out with the tide and fill in these reefs just off the shoreline…turning our reef breaks of North County into beachbreaks.
The same day after I read this article, I spotted some large amounts of sand being dumped at the rivermouth. It’s now been a few weeks since this dumping of sand and I’d have to say the break hasn’t looked the same.
So what effect will prolonging the natural process of coastal erosion have on our local breaks? Only time will tell. Luckily we have organizations like the Surfrider Foundation on our side.