The Environmental Services Division is comprised of two sections: Coastal Zone Management and Climate Action Plan.
The Coastal Zone Management Section is responsible for beach nourishment projects that provide shoreline protection, erosion control, recreational benefits, and habitat enhancement. Wide, sandy beaches along the Pacific shoreline attract tourists, improve property values, protect public and private structures and minimize bluff failures. The California Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup categorizes Encinitas beaches to be, “erosional hot spots” due to the long shore dispersal rate. High energy waves and severe winter storms plus the threat of sea level rise contribute to a constant state of awareness regarding protections to the shoreline. This condition will continue to worsen if counter action in the form of artificial beach nourishment is not taken.
The Climate Action Section is responsible for managing the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan. The City’s updated Climate Action Pan provides a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of various strategies, goals, actions and supporting measures. The CAP sets ambitious targets to reduce emissions: 13% below 2012 levels by 2020 and 44% below 2012 levels by 2030. Implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan involves support from various other City departments including the City Manager’s Office, Development Services, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation. The Climate Action section coordinates this effort to ensure CAP targets and goals will be met. Progress on meeting CAP goals and targets can be tracked on the City’s Climate Dashboard.