Sand Mining in California's Central Coast Region

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This page gives a short history of sand mining in the Central California Region and highlights current research.

This page was created as part of the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


Southern Monterey Bay in the Central coast of California was the most intensively mined shoreline in the United States from 1906-1990. [1] The majority of sand mines were closed in 1990 due to assumptions that mining increased coastal erosion. One sand mine, the CEMEX plant, continues to mine for sand today. The CEMEX plant is currently under scrutinity for possibly abusing permits.


The only current sand mining plant in the central California region is located in the City of Marina, Monterey County, California. The City of Marina is located in The Lower Salinas Valley watershed.

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  1. Sand Mining Impacts on Long-term Dune Erosion in Southern Monterey Bay



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