3/26 Webinar: Managed Retreat: Resilience at Surfer’s Point in Ventura, CA

Sign for SPlease join us for a webinar on Tuesday, March 26 from 12-1pm to hear from Paul Jenkin of Surfrider Foundation about the landmark Surfer’s Point managed retreat project including updates on resiliency in the face of recent storm activity.

The Surfers’ Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project is one of the first managed retreat projects to be implemented in California. Developed in response to coastal erosion during the early 1990s, the project has been featured in numerous case studies and serves as a model of sustainable shoreline management in the era of rising seas. The project serves to restore and enhance the ecological structure and function of the shoreline as well as enhance the visitor’s experience, including widening the sandy beach, restoring sand dune habitat, improving water quality and relocating and improving public access and recreation facilities. The project design was developed in collaboration with the Surfers Point Working Group, which includes members from the City of Ventura, the 31st Agricultural District/Ventura County Fair Board, California State Parks, California Coastal Commission, California Coastal Conservancy, State Senate and Assembly members, Surfrider Foundation, Ventura Bicycle Coalition, and the Full Sail Windriders Club.

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The webinar will be recorded and a link will be sent to all registrants.

About the Speaker:

Paul Jenkin is the Ventura Campaign Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation, an international environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Since 1994, Paul has worked to restore the coast and watershed where he lives, in Ventura, California. Paul serves on the Surfers Point Working Group, a multi-agency task force working to solve beach erosion problems near the mouth of the Ventura River. In 2011, the first phase of the Surfers’ Point Managed Shoreline Retreat project was constructed, successfully relocating a damaged bike path and parking lot. This project demonstrates the value of living shorelines to protect and restore natural coastal processes and maintain a healthy beach for present and future generations.

Since 2007, Paul has maintained a blog for the Ventura River Ecosystem project, aimed at building awareness of the possibilities of ecosystem-based management for the watershed. Paul Jenkin has a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M University (1985) and a M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University (1989).

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