Patagonia Santa Cruz hosted Save Our Shores for a short documentary film screening on the illegal CEMEX Lapis Lustre Sand Mining operation and its environmental/economic impact along the Monterey Bay. Specifically on how the mine is severely exacerbating erosion rates. 700 million pounds of sand are illegally mined from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary every year. Stopping this illegal sand mining is going to literally save our shore.
The Last Coastal Sand Mine is 10-minute documentary and the creation of local filmmaker Ed Schehl, who focuses on producing short films on environmental and social issues. Ed read about the last US coastal sand mining operation in the paper and attended the first screening of Sand Wars at Patagonia in 2016. Feeling inspired, Ed said “I felt it was important to make a short documentary about this issue, to reach as many people as possible. So we can work to protect the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.”. After the screening, there was Q&A time with the experts in the documentary. The Last Coastal Sand Mine includes interviews with: Ed B. Thornton, Ph.D. (Professor Ret. Naval Postgraduate School), Gary B. Griggs, Ph.D. (Director, UCSC Institute of Marine Sciences), David L. Revell, Ph.D. (Principal & Chief Scientist, Revell Coastal), Jason Scorse, Ph.D. (Director, MIIS Center for the Blue Economy), Mark Stone (CA Assemblymember D, District 29), Bruce C. Delgado (Mayor, City of Marina), Katherine O’Dea (Executive Director, Save Our Shores), and Kevin Miller (Chair, Surfrider Monterey Chapter). Throughout the evening guests were encouraged to participate in a very special campaign, launching the next community push to permanently close the illegal sand mine. Letter cards with a message on them were available with sand packets of Lapis Lustre Sand refined from the mine to send to our Coastal Commission. This community action will be an important part in getting the mine closed. There will be permanent location and pop-up locations for more people to sign cards and add sand. The Santa Cruz Waves office and the Patagonia Outlet are a few locations.
This was a free event with beer, coffee and snacks. Discretion Brewery was serving their zesty Submarine Canyon IPA. Alta Organic Coffee was serving their aromatic Save Our Shores Blend. This was a zero waste event. Many brought their own cup and for those who forgot, ReCruz was there to cover them with a glass jar.
Photos- Yvonne Falk