Coastal Zone Management
The Coastal Zone Management division oversees beach nourishment projects that provide shoreline protection, erosion control, recreational benefits, and habitat enhancement as well as acting as the liaison for all coastal activities internally and externally. 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.
Through the management of the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan the Climate Action Team works collaboratively with all City Departments to innovate and develop opportunities to meet the City’s goals in terms of greenhouse gas reductions. 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. The Climate Action Team 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.