Ventura CA plans ‘managed retreat’ from rising ocean

King Canute commands the ocean to stop

At Surfers Point in Ventura, California is beginning its retreat from the ocean.

Construction crews are removing a crumbling bike path, ripping out a 120-space parking lot and laying down sand and cobblestones. By pushing the asphalt 65 feet inland, the project is expected to give the wave-ravaged point 50 more years of life.

Sea levels are rising and threatening coastal land. Berms and concrete walls may provide short-term reliief but generally just make things worse by intensifying the power of the waves, stripping nearby beaches of sand.

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