Manual breach of Navarro River sandbar raises issues bigger than traffic


17 thoughts on “Manual breach of Navarro River sandbar raises issues bigger than traffic

  1. As far as I know Wendling was never at the mouth of the Navarro River. Wendling was the original town name for the current town of Navarro which is 14 highway miles inland from the junction of Hwy 128 with Hwy 1.

    • Thanks, Ill have to check that out. I’d like to learn how there got to be two different towns of Navarro and where the name Wendling came from. It sounds more like the current Navarro as you say than a beachfront Navarro name.

  2. Yes, you are right. The original Navarro was still struggling after its mill burned down and Mr. Wendling started his mill up there in 1902 and the new town was Wendling. Then the 1906 earthquake wiped out most of the rest of the old town and there were two Navarros. The new one was Navarro Mill and the old one was Navaero By the Sea, but never Wendling. Soon all that was left was the Inn which became known as Navarro By the Sea. That’s what I found. Thanks!

  3. If we could just equate theses sandbars, lagoons, build ups etc to the endometrial layer in a woman’s womb. It builds up providing a fertile safe place for life to grow and then is flushed out into the world to either birth something or start the cycle again. Stop messing with the cycle. Let the river build up.

  4. A million dollars for one agency to get permits from other agencies is part of the reason people are so disgusted with government regulations and waste of tax dollars. Not like this is a one time event. And natural resource agencies do not always get it right. I remember the creek clearing, and now logs and root balls are being installed.

  5. I think Roger has the right idea. Couple of good heavy rains, then let that water go out in all its glory, which btw tells those beautiful salmons that a trip up river might be in their near future. Very diverse area right there. Im sure some of the truckers will enjoy having their 128 back as well. Some of my earliest great memories were down at the scout camp. My grandpop was caretaker there from 67-75. Saw some very heavy floods destroy the place as well. That was very scary. And bigfoot… but thats a whole other story haha!

  6. You do know the same people / groups of people that are telling you the breaches are killing the fish are claiming gloable warming right?? Its all about how many tax dollars they are going to get next year. If two guys could breach that sandbar in one afternoon with a couple shovels it was ready to break really soon anyway and then what would the fish and crabs do?? Its all about the tax dollars they can get to keep their cush jobs and not have to actually work for a living.

    • I do know that climate change is real. 20 years ago, for example, in Noyo (Fort Bragg) where my wife’s family has been since 1930 it was foggy almost every day from May/June to the end of August. Now there is far less. I hear fishermen talking about the effect of climate change (and over-fishing) on their business. Blowing it off with a rant against “people who don’t have to work” is self-satisfying but plain wrong.

  7. So river breaches are a natural phenomenon, but, when at flood level assisting the breach is likely not any worse than a natural breach. The impact to the lagoon species is probably the same. Dead Fish crabs etc likely occur equally from the sudden drop in water level whether natural or assisted.
    Now the news feed above has no definitive opinion by Cal DFW because the studies are other watersheds. This just illustrates the continued political and inept level of understanding by them.
    Then there’s Cal Parks who additionally maintain ignorance regarding the biospheres they are supposed to manage.
    Then CalTrans will perform emergency work repairs with minimal concern for biological impacts. They focus on public travel not the environment unless it’s in a multi year master plan.
    Now, sea urchin guardians uniting over this issue is absurd. Why! Because sea urchins are indicators of poor water quality generally found at polluted sites. Although, I love eating urchin, they are found in mass along the CA OR WA coast.
    My point is the damage these guys caused is no different than a natural breach.
    Maybe the State could alleviate the problem by spending part of that million bucks on pumping the flood water from the lagoon when they can pump from the salt water level saving the precious salmon smolts on the endangered list.
    A note to those surfers who thought making a surfable standing wave, probably, weren’t thinking much about that giant rock in the river way when they wipe out. Dudes, take a hint from JOB nearly drowning at his last Waimea River breach.

    • Ron, has nothing to do with a standing wave, but more to do with what the sand does on the ocean side of the bar after a breach, that is enticing.

    • Maybe deliberate breaches aren’t harmful, but maybe they aren’t. If so, how harmful are they? Seems to me that neither of us can do anything more than guess. Scientists and engineers are responsible for creating almost everything we rely on in our lives, whether it’s our TVs, trucks, computers, safe (not rotten) food, antibiotics, modern hospitals, rifles, etc. These things didn’t just appear out of the sky. It’s easy to say science doesn’t matter but it does, for all of us.
      Sometimes there’s over-regulation but less often than good regulation by a long-shot.

  8. I don’t think breaching the sand dam was “wrong” I just think it was dangerous for him and his son. I would be pissed if my husband did this with my son. Call me Karen

  9. This was an outstanding article.

    I live in Rio Nido and that beach and campground are where I go to feed my soul when time allows. That area is magical in a way I couldn’t put into words. I can feel a visceral shift in my being when I am driving out 128 and pass Gshwend, and the forest forms a comforting canyon all the way to highway 1.

    I have a short attention span and don’t usually read an entire article. Yours was a thoughtful and thorough contribution to the discussion about environmental issues and the many shades of grey that they can sometimes involve. I really enjoyed it.

    Thank you!

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