|Location||Half Moon Bay|
|Description||February marked the Coastal Commission’s first hearing of the year. It took place at the Oceano Hotel & Spa in Half Moon Bay Harbor on Wednesday, February 6 through Friday, February 8. The meeting included important coastal issues: a harbor dredge project at Moss Landing Harbor and an appeal at Hollister Ranch. Notably, Commission enforcement staff gave a report on the success and effectiveness of their recently bestowed ability to leverage administrative fines under Coastal Act section 30821.|
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|Moss Landing Harbor Dredging Authorization|| The Moss Landing Harbor District requested approval of a 10-year CDP to dredge and dispose of sediments to restore navigable depths in berths in the Moss Landing Harbor. The permit would authorize dredging and disposal of up to 550,000 cubic yards of material over the 10-year life of the permit, with no more than 80,000 cubic yards in any given year. Disposal of sediment material would occur either offshore or on Moss Landing beach, depending on the sediment grain size.
Dredged materials would be required to be tested according to the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and analyzed to ensure the material is safe and suitable for aquatic disposal and/or beach replenishment.
The Surfrider Foundation commented with concerns about the legacy of contamination in Moss Landing Harbor sediment at the December hearing. The permit would allow dredging tocommence almost a full six months since the sediment sampling took place. Surfrider asked Commissioners to increase sediment sampling requirements for dredge spoils at Moss Landing Harbor.
The Harbor has a legacy of contamination, primarily agricultural run-off and the project involves placement of dredged materials onto Moss Landing beach, where humans and marine life may be exposed. Surfrider asked for additional, abbreviated verification sampling to take place within one week of dredge operations. This request was not ultimately incorporated into the permit.