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Manhattan Beach Dune Restoration Project

Increasing the resiliency of the beach to improve coastal protection.

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Enhancing the Dunes on Bruce’s Beach

The Manhattan Beach Dune Restoration Project (MBDR) will enhance approximately three acres of the existing dunes along the Manhattan Beach shoreline from 36th to 28th Street and 26th to 23rd Street. This project will increase the resiliency of the shoreline through the implementation of nature-based protection measures, while serving as a model for the region and engaging the community through enhanced beach experiences, outreach, and education.

Partnering with the City of Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, and California State Coastal Conservancy, The Bay Foundation (TBF) plans to begin project implementation in Fall 2021. The project is currently in the planning phase.

Project Highlights

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A Look into the Future

Click through to view before photos of the site prior to project implementation followed by artistic perspective renderings of the restored native dune habitat planned for the project site. These renderings were developed by RIOS design collective and help visualize what the site could look like 5 years after project implementation.

Restoration Goals

The three specific goals of the MBDR project are to:

  1. Increase the resiliency of the shoreline through the restoration of sandy beach and foredune habitat
  2. Implement nature-based protection measures against sea level rise and coastal storms
  3. Increase engagement of the community through enhanced beach experiences, outreach, and education.

The Work

This restoration project will remove non-native plants and replace them with native vegetation by seeding and planting. TBF will install sand fencing and biomimicry stakes to help capture and retain sand. Collectively, the plants, fencing and stakes slow the wind and allow windblown sand to accumulate. In doing so, this project enhances habitat, provides for wildlife, and creates affordable natural infrastructure that will protect Manhattan beach from climate change related sea level rise. Symbolic post and rope fencing will provide pathways through the dunes and educational signage will be used to highlight the need for, and benefits of, the project.

Developing a Model for the Region

This demonstration site will serve as a model for the region, showing that heavy recreational use of beaches and meaningful habitat restoration are not incompatible goals. It will evaluate “soft” nature-based, low-cost living shoreline protection from sea level rise and storms, while providing public benefits and enhancing natural resource values.

A Look into the Future

Click through to view before photos of the site prior to project implementation followed by artistic perspective renderings of the restored native dune habitat planned for the project site. These renderings were developed by RIOS design collective and help visualize what the site could look like 5 years after project implementation.

Restoration Goals

The three specific goals of the MBDR project are to:

  1. Increase the resiliency of the shoreline through the restoration of sandy beach and foredune habitat
  2. Implement nature-based protection measures against sea level rise and coastal storms
  3. Increase engagement of the community through enhanced beach experiences, outreach, and education.

Next Up: Manhattan Beach Dune Restoration Community Survey

Next Up: Manhattan Beach Dunes Restoration Project

Next Up: Manhattan Beach Dune Restoration Community Survey

Next Up: Manhattan Beach Dunes Restoration Project

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