The Environmental Management 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.