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Monterey Bay Issue Name: Water Quality – Beach Closures and Coliform Contamination danger sign
The central coast of California is internationally known for its incomparable shoreline.=Travelers come from around the world to enjoy outstanding recreational opportunities including surfing, diving and kayaking; to view the spectacular coastal scenery; to observe wildlife resources such as sea otters, whales, and seabirds; and to enjoy the seemingly pristine beauty of the ocean. In 1992, public concern over the conservation of this exceptional resource led Congress to designate the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for its ecological significance and singular beauty. Since this designation, runoff and spills along the Sanctuary’s coastline have periodically resulted in high levels of coliform bacteria being detected in coastal waters, which has caused an increasing number of beaches closures or postings. These problems have many causes, including an aging sewer infrastructure system pressed to meet increasing demands, and inadequate resources available for comprehensive infrastructure diagnosis, maintenance and replacement. Additional contributing factors include illicit storm drain connections, improper disposal of materials which clog pipes, overflow of systems during storm seasons, leaching from septic systems, urban runoff, and various domestic and wildlife sources. More...
Issue Summary
  See the Proposed Action Plans
Draft Action Plan
  Beach Closure Draft Action Plan (pdf 3.8M)
Working Group Roles and Responsibilities
  Roles and Responsibilities (pdf 24K)
  Consensus Based Decision Making (pdf 24K)
Meeting Preparation
  WQ Scoping Comments (pdf 264K)
Additional Information

JMPR Documents

Working Group Participants:
~Working Group Contact~
Name Affiliation Email Phone
Chris Coburn MBNMS 831-420-1670
~Sanctuary Advisory Council Members (SAC) & Other Stakeholders ~
Name Affiliation Email
Kaitilin Gaffney MBNMS SAC, Conservation  
Craig J. Wilson MBNMS SAC, SWRCB  
Ross Clark CA Coastal Commission  
Jim Cullem Carmel Public Works  
Jim Finney Monterey County Environmental Health  
Jo Fleming Santa Cruz County Public Works  
Jennifer Gonzalez City of Monterey  
Bob Jaques MRWPCA  
Alison Jones RWQCB #3  
Robert Ketley City of Watsonville  
Steve Leiker City of Pacific Grove  
Cheryl McGovern EPA  
Terri Nevins California Coastal Conservancy  
Mike Niccum Pebble Beach CSD  
Linda O'Connell SRWQCB o'  
Fleur O'Neill Save Our Shores  
Dean Peterson San Matero County  
Barbara Pierson City of Watsonville  
Ann Powell RWQCB #2  
John Ricker Santa Cruz County Environmental Health  
Eric Russell Surfrider Foundation  
Tom Reeves City of Monterey  
Mark Scheiter WWTP Carmel  
Dan Whatley City of Santa Cruz  
Karen Worcester RWQCB #3  
~MBNMS Staff ~
Name Affiliation Email Phone
Lisa Emanuelson MBNMS 831-647-4201
Bridget Hoover MBNMS/WQ Monitoring Network 831-883-9303
Katie Siegler MBNMS 831-647-4219
Holly Price MBNMS 831-647-4247

Working Group Timeline:
Start: January, 2003
Time Location Documents
February 21
1-5pm MBNMS Main Office  
March 14
1-5pm MBNMS Main Office  
April 11
1-5pm MBNMS Main Office Moss Landing Harbor District
Complete: April, 2003
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