MCC Meetings                   

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 PM, Granada Sanitary District,   504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd Floor, El Granada.   Email Agendas.   
Broadcast on Channel 27, the following Thurs 8PM & Fri 10AM.
See Archives for past meetings with video links.      

                                                                                           

Focus Topics 

June 3 Ballot Measure AA:
Regional Open Space Access, Preservation and Restoration Bond
MROSD Bond Measure website -- Endorsers
Interactive map of projects -- Presentation at MCC
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June 3 Ballot Measure G:
Granada Sanitary District Reorganization into a Community Services District in order to provide parks and recreation services. GSD webpage. MCC support. GSD Town Hall meeting, May 1, 7:30pm, EG Elementary School. HMB Review editorial
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 Montara Coast - Public Access & Views
Online petition to Board of Supervisors -- Comments to date
Oct 2013 MCC presentation; Apr 2013 MCC letter to BoS
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Community Visioning Report Oct 2013 -
Culmination of the first phase of a collaborative, community planning process for the future of Princeton and the surrounding area.  
Phase 2, Background studies & existing conditions report will be available in April. 

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Big Wave Project is back with a North Parcel Alternative.

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Midcoast Water Pollution Reduction Program
What’s in the water and what we can do to help protect our watershed and the marine reserve – Newsletter 2013.

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Shoreline Erosion + Harbor Dredging

MCC 6/12/13 slide presentation & letter to Harbor Commission
MCC 9/10/13 letter to Harbor Commission on dredging plan.
Army Corps Surfers' Beach Erosion 11/8/13 public meeting: PresentationVideo

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Pillar Point Harbor & SMC Harbor District

Harbor History & District Priorities - MCC overview presentation  
Harbor District website.

Use of Harbor Dredged Material to Address Erosion
MCC 9/10/13 letter to Harbor Commission re dredging strategy 
MCC 6/12/13 slide presentation & letter to Harbor Commission

Overuse of inner harbor Perched Beach for dredge disposal has turned most of the former beach into an upland area, thus facilitating District plans to pave and develop.  This “pre-development dredge disposal” was done without Coastal Commission permission in 1998 and 2006. One more dredge event was authorized in 2013, but public comment (including Supervisor Horsley) urged that future harbor dredge material be put to better use to restore and protect eroded shoreline areas.  In order to secure the permit, Harbor District Manager wrote a last-minute letter to the Coastal Commission promising to do this.  Read more.

West Shoreline Trail erosion must be addressed before this popular access to Maverick's beach is lost. Read more.
MCC letters: 6/12/13, 9/10/13

 

Romeo Pier: Closed as unsafe in the 1990’s, rotting neglected ever since, the picturesque old pier is a marine debris disaster waiting to happen. (9/10/13 MCC letter to Harbor Commission)

Pillar Point RV Park was developed in 1999 on a Harbor District parcel that had been used for many decades as public beach parking with restroom facilities.  The public restroom, a key amenity in this popular beach area, was closed.  Critically needed west-of-highway beach parking has been lost, leading to increased highway congestion and danger for pedestrians.  The much-reduced public day-use parking area is mostly empty due to $10 parking fee and towing/ private property signs.  There have been ongoing issues with permanent residents at the RV Park.

Chronic harbor fecal pollution at Capistrano Beach: San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) directed a study to identify the sources of bacteria in Pillar Point Harbor and develop a plan to address the problem.  “The key lesson learned from this project is that the high fecal indicator bacteria counts at Capistrano Beach are a landscape-level issue, not based at or in the Harbor itself but rather in the upland urban area.”  Presentation of results.  Final Report.

Harbor History & Documents:
MCC overview presentation
Pillar Point Harbor history article by Barbara Vanderwerf
1933 Board of Supervisors Resolution forming the Harbor District
1933-1948 Harbor District inactive
1953 Grant Deed El Granada parcels
1960 Grant Deed State Tidelands
Pillar Point Harbor land parcel table
1959-61 U.S. Army Corps construction of outer breakwater
1960 Master Plan: only Phase 1 built (pier, bulkhead, fill, office, concession bldg) due to storm waves within harbor.

1966-69 Harbor District dissolved by BoS, overturned by courts
1976 Coastal Permit 133-76: inner harbor
1978 Nov: 133-76-A1: additional parking
1984 Feb: 133-76 A2: allow dredging/Perched Beach
1984 Oct: 133-76 A3: allow larger volume of dredging
1985 Feb: request to reconsider 133-76 A3: denied
1989 CCC comments on East Harbor Master Plan draft EIR
1989 EIR Summary of Mitigation -- East Harbor Master Plan
1990 Scenic Preservation Agreement west of Denniston Creek
1991 Pillar Point Harbor Master Plan:  text portion -- map Inner Harbor -- map highway area -- map West Shoreline

1996 Army Corps construct concrete wall tying west breakwater to Pillar Point
1998 RV Park Lease (Development has no CDP (CCC, HMB, lesseeHD)
1999, 2000, 2002 RV stay limit & day-use parking letters
2006 LAFCo Municipal Service Review
2007 Harbor Dredge Material Preliminary Evaluation: suitable for beach replenishment.
2012 implementation status report of 1991 PPH Master Plan.

2012 West Trail Erosion Study, via Public Records Request:
--Draft Condition Survey & Repair Alternatives
--Draft Coastal Engineering Analysis (9mb)
--Construction Cost Estimates
--Permitting Strategy Memo

 

Surfers' Beach Erosion

Construction of the Pillar Point Harbor breakwater by the Army Corps of Engineers 1959-61 dramatically increased the rate of erosion south of the jetty. Local grassroots lobbying motivated the Army Corps, with the Harbor District as local sponsor, to undertake the Northern Half Moon Bay Shoreline Improvement Project in 2009.  The project could consider a range of solutions, potentially including dredging sand from the harbor and creating openings in the jetty to create sand outflows.

The Army Corps process is lengthy as shown in this table. The feasibility portion of the Planning Phase has had many delays over the last 4 years and is still incomplete.  The Army Corps reported at public meeting 11/8/13 (presentationvideo) that even if they eventually approved a mitigation project, it would be modest in scope due to funding limitations, and would not happen before 2017 earliest. 

--Presentation on surf & sand dynamics at Pillar Point by local surfer and civil engineer Bob Battalio, Oct 2009
--“Grains of Hope: Dredging the Pillar Point Harbor Long Overdue” – comprehensive background article by Mike Wallace on Surfpulse, Dec. 2009
--Army Corps Initial Appraisal - Document & Presentation, 2009
--Army Corps Feasibility Cost Share Table & Work Plan, 2012
--Army Corps Pillar Point Harbor webpage
--Harbor District dredging webpage

 

At Surfer’s Beach a 400-ft section of Coastal Trail and Highway 1 is unprotected by bluff or boulders. Access along the sideways-slanted trail or down to the beach in this popular spot is a slippery proposition. The County and Caltrans are collaborating on a project to protect and improve Coastal Trail and beach access at this location. The Coastal Commission is supportive of the goal. The County obtained funding from Cosco Busan oil spill mitigation for project planning and permitting. Concerned with lack of progress, in fall 2013 Supervisor Horsley asked Caltrans to take emergency action to protect the highway. (Caltrans reply, MCC support)

Coastal Regional Sediment (sand) Management (RSM) Plans are being developed for specific portions of the coast (littoral cells).  The program seeks to present ways to restore and preserve beaches, reduce the proliferation of protective shoreline structures, sustain recreation and tourism, enhance public safety and access, restore coastal sandy habitats, and identify cost-effective solutions for restoration of areas impacted by excess sediment.

Santa Cruz Littoral Cell Coastal RSM Plan is currently being developed for Pillar Point to Moss Landing. The task list includes:

  • Pursue alternatives allowing for placement of clean sand within Sanctuary boundaries, and formulate an acceptable pilot beach nourishment program for Surfer’s Beach or other location within the Santa Cruz Littoral Cell.
  • Coordination with both Monterey Bay and Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries to address governance issues related to Plan implementation.
Upcoming Public Workshop: Tuesday, May 20, 6-8pm, at HMB Yacht Club.
 

Princeton Shoreline Erosion & Armoring

See Princeton Planning Update Issues Page, and
5/29/13 Pillar Point Harbor Shoreline Erosion Presentation

 

More Resources:

SMC Health System: Beach Water Quality Advisories
California Coastal Records Project, an aerial photographic survey
1943 aerial photo harbor area, pre-breakwater
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary brochure, Advisory Council, Members, Meetings
Gulf of Farallones NMS Advisory Council, Members, Meetings
Marine Protected Areas map - fishing regulations 2010
Tsunami Inundation Map - El Granada to Pacifica
Coastside Tsunami Preparedness Report June 2012
California Seafloor Mapping Program
International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO)
FEMA CA Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP)
Adapting to Rising Tides (ART)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Coastal Web Cams - list of links