Santa Monica Restoration Pilot Project Aims to Reclaim Groomed Beaches for Natural Vegetation and Coastal Resilience

It is estimated that more than 17 million visitors frequent the beaches of Santa Monica in California each year. While their recreational value to the region’s economy is recognized, the beaches’ ecosystems and associated wildlife are not as widely known and are impacted by a variety of threats, including erosion, non-natural sediment and sand transport through mechanical means, pollution and loss of natural morphology due to daily vegetation and topsoil removal through grooming and other regular maintenance….

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