Stop CEMEX Sand Mining

Victory | July 13 2017

Coastal Preservation

Stop illegal sand mining on Monterey's coast. Support efforts by the California Coastal Commission to shut down CEMEX's Lapis Sand Plant.

Update 7/13/17: Victory! On July 13th, the California Coastal Commission unanimously voted to halt operations of the CEMEX facility in three years, the last coastal sand-mining plant in the United States. Surfrider's Monterey Chapter and Surfrider's National Office advocated for years in support of this outcome. Read about it here.

The Surfrider Foundation Monterey Chapter is working to stop what it believes is un-permitted development under the Coastal Act by the CEMEX sand mining plant in Marina, California. CEMEX is believed to mine approximately 270,000 cubic yards of sand a year (and perhaps more), from the beach. Sand is a precious resource, vital to our coasts, and CEMEX’s operations have been identified to be a primary cause of beach and dune erosion in southern Monterey Bay. CEMEX's operations are believed to be the cause of major erosion at regional public beaches such as the Marina Dunes Preserve, Fort Ord Dunes State Park and Monterey State Beach. The Monterey Chapter is engaged to protect the region’s coastal resources, including its sandy beaches, from CEMEX’s operations and to ensure CEMEX operations are in legal compliance.

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Coastal Preservation

Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast. Our efforts are focused on establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust.

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