Letter Writing Campaign Targets Last Coastal Sand Mine in the Nation

Last March the California Coastal Commission told CEMEX that its sand mine in Marina violates the Coastal Act. A year later, the plant is still up and running while drawn out talks between the two continue. The mine is the last remaining coastal sand mine in the nation and it sits on the beach in the southern Monterey Bay – an area with the highest coastal erosion in the state. Non-profit Save Our Shores wants to keep pressure on agencies that could potentially close the mine. I spoke with Save Our Shores Executive Director Katherine O’Dea about a letter writing campaign they’re launching today.

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Driving up the coast toward Bay Center, Wash., it's obvious when you start to approach Willapa Bay. Fifteen-foot high piles of empty shells begin to appear on the side of the road. This is an oyster town.

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Last March the California Coastal Commission told CEMEX that its sand mine in Marina violates the Coastal Act.  A year later, the plant is still up and running while drawn out talks between the two continue. 

The mine is the last remaining coastal sand mine in the nation and it sits on the beach in the southern Monterey Bay – an area with the highest coastal erosion in the state. 

Non-profit Save Our Shores wants to keep pressure on agencies that could potentially close the mine.  I spoke with Save Our Shores Executive Director Katherine O’Dea about a letter writing campaign they’re launching today.

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