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via Laguna Beach Independent Newspaper

CA - Breaching the Berm at Aliso Creek

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board issues investigative order to the County regarding the continued breach of the sand dune by skimboarders.

Last week, after environmentalists urged the California Coastal Commission and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board to support their request for enforcement to protect the Aliso Creek sand bar berm, the SDWB issued an investigative order to Orange County Parks and Orange County Environmental Resources regarding the breach.

The berm, which separates outflow discharge from Aliso Creek and also the sea, is sometimes breached by skimboarders who dig out the mouth of the creek to create standing waves, videos of which are gaining popularity on social media channels.

Surfrider Foundation California Policy Manager Jennifer Savage said that as a public resource protected under the California Coastal Act and other local, state and federal laws, “the breaching of Aliso Creek’s sand dune alters coastal habitat and may introduce bacterial pollution into the marine environment.”

The Laguna Beach State Marine Conservation Area is adjacent to Aliso Beach and directly impacted by runoff events from Aliso Creek. The SMCA’s prohibited uses state that “it is unlawful to injure, damage, take, or possess any living, geological, or cultural marine resource” Savage said, unless authorized by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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