The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the Lead Agency preparing an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Regional Beach Sand Project II (RBSP II). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the federal Lead Agency in accordance with the National Environmental Quality Act (NEPA).

In spring 2012, RBSP II poposes to widen regional beaches by adding hundreds of thousands of cubic yards to eroded beaches in a coordinated effort with local governments including beaches in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Imperial Beach.

The Draft EIR/EA is being prepared for a 45 day public review period to begin January 26, 2011. SANDAG is hosting several public meetings to allow those interested an opportunity to hear about the RBSP II and provide comments on the project. The public meeting dates are listed below.

February 2- Encinitas City Hall Poinsettia Room, 505 S. Vulcan Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

February 3 – Shoreline Preservation Working Group Meeting, SANDAG, 7th Floor (Conference Room 7), 401 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101 from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

February 3 – City of Imperial Beach Dempsey Holder Safety Center, 950 Ocean Lane, Imperial Beach, CA 91932 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

A fact sheet outlining information on the project is linked here for your information. If you would like more details about the RBSP II, receive the EIR, or provide input, please contact SANDAG at (619) 699-0640 or beachsand@sandag.org. The Draft EIR/EA is available on the SANDAG Web site and is a large pdf file.

For more information go to this SANDAG site.

Some areas of concern for the surf community:

1) Will our reefs be buried in sand?
2) Is sand replenishment the only way to replenish beaches?
3) Should there be some erosion of the cliffs to allow continued formation of beaches?
4) Will the right type fo sand end up on the beach?

What you can do –
-Please come and listen at the public meetings.
-Read the material linked above and provide comments by the deadline of March 14.