Fourth Carmel River Lagoon “Emergency” Since October

Can we make it five before the end of the year?

Dozers work, yet again, to breach the Carmel Lagoon sandbar after waves, yet again, brought water dangerously close to the floor level of Lagoon-bottom homes.

Since the rainy season began in October, the county has protected the homes stupidly built on the bottom of the Carmel River Lagoon from flooding (by breaching the sandbar with bulldozers), on average, about once every three weeks. How many immature steelhead (a species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act) have been killed by these unnaturally sudden lagoon drainings, no one will ever know.

What we do know is that it’s high time for the county to conduct a proper environmental review of what is obviously an ongoing and routine lagoon management program and not a series of unforeseeable “emergency” situations.

October 14, 2009 Lagoon Breaching

November 7, 2009 Lagoon Breaching

December 13, 2009 Lagoon Breaching

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2 Responses to Fourth Carmel River Lagoon “Emergency” Since October

  1. Tony Horning says:

    This crazy draining of the lagoon must stop.

  2. bigsurkate says:

    Ha, ha … you did see Chris Count’s article re the “anonymous” Xasauan blogger on this issue, right? Check out this week’s Pine Cone.

    Always good to see some attention paid to the Lagoon. But as most of our friends stopped picking up the Pine Cone when they stopped carrying the New York Times Sunday Crossword, we’re afraid our fame is destined to go largely unnoticed. – XT

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