Matt Roberts

Parks Director Matt Roberts discussed possible changes to the beach and neighborhoods in Carpinteria in the face of rising sea levels due to climate change.

Parks Director Matt Roberts discussed possible changes to the beach and neighborhoods in Carpinteria in the face of rising sea levels due to climate change. Since his lifeguard days in the 1980s, Matt has been with the city of Carpinteria, helping to manage the beach. In a current project to keep catch basins clean, the city involves trucking natural debris (exclusive of trees and brush) to the shore in an effort to build up the beach. The work is less expensive than hauling debris to a dump as far as 60 miles away. As with other coastal areas around the globe, Carpinteria is looking at a hybrid plan with a mix of options regarding rising sea levels. Strategies include protection, accommodation and retreat in hazardous areas.  

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