An Examination of the History and Political Processes Involved in the Reclamation of Alameda Beach, Alameda, California

by Michael E. Anderson, East Bay Regional Park District, Oakland, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This paper examines the history and political processes which transformed the eroded tidal flats of the Alameda shoreline into today's Alameda Beach. The innovation and tenacity exhibited by the city of Alameda and the East Bay Regional Park District in acquiring the necessary monies and approvals to make the project possible, could easily be adapted to other projects; nationwide. The product of their efforts is both an effective means of erosion control, as well as a recreational facility which attracts over 1. 2 million visitors annually. Of the total construction costs of approximately 6 million, only 1. 2 million was expended by the local agencies for the project. In 1985 the reclaimed beach received the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Award of Merit.

Subject Headings: History | Political factors | Beaches | Coastal management | Resource management | Tides | Shoreline | Innovation | California | United States

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