Long Beach Trying to Save Its Coast
One of the unfortunate side effects of El Nino is a large amount of trash and debris end up being flushed to the ocean. It’s quite common in California to see something like this:
A long arm across Rainbow Harbor prevented piles of detritus from landing on local shores and floating into the sea earlier this month, when heavy rains soaked the region and sent tons of trash and debris downstream from cities along the Los Angeles River and into Long Beach.
Facing another El Niño weather pattern, similar to the one in 1997-1998 that brought 9,290 tons of trash to local waters, city officials are confident that the 385-foot trash collection boom in the harbor entrance — and two others in Long Beach waters — will stop thousands of pounds of junk from flushing into the ocean.
Now, if we can just get them to sink the breakwater, we might have the beautiful beaches we deserve.