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Breaking Bad
Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street

As the Sandpiper has reported, experts agree our bluffs are eroding.

February 2019:
Dr. Pat Abbott, Professor Emeritus of San Diego State University specializing in Sedimentology of Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks, and the correlation of tectonically displaced terrains and natural disasters, looking at the big picture of our bluffs: “They are eroding from the ocean waves, rain and irrigation water seeping below the surface, and the vibrations from the train runs. Sandstone is fragile.”

October 2019:
Dr. Adam Young of the Integrative Oceanography Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Project Scientist for the Statewide assessment of California cliff erosion and retreat: “As long as waves continue to erode the bottom the cliffs, the cliffs will remain unstable and retreat.”
In our recent past we have witnessed multiple cliff collapses, on and off our beach.

February 2020: Serious winter rains water Del Mar from above. The king tides hit hard and high up the bluffs from the West. The overflow from landscaping water follows its well established trail from the East to the ocean through the bluffs. The trains roll on tracks now just inches from the bluff edge and the North County Transit District puts out patrols of personnel to patch up the crumbling bluffs that will continue to narrow.

This is not breaking news. The only thing breaking is the bluffs.
The near future: SANDAG has spent millions in the past to stabilize the bluffs and reportedly plans to spend about $5.78 million more, possibly starting in February, to install piles at 9th and 10th Streets and south Stratford Court and to reinforce sea walls at 13th, 12th, and 7th Streets. A few million more may be budgeted to clear out and upgrade many of the drainage structures.


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