City of Ventura News Release

For Immediate Release  

March 1, 2024

Contact: Heather Sumagaysay, Public Information Officer

[email protected]

Coastal Collaboration: Ventura, Oxnard, State Parks, and County of Ventura unite to remove sand berms ahead of Snowy Plover nesting season

Ventura, Calif. - The City of Ventura, City of Oxnard, Ventura County Fire Department, and California State Parks are teaming up to support the deconstruction of the temporary sand berms along the Ventura County coastline. In line with this commitment, the scheduled deconstruction of the two sand berms will commence on Monday, March 4, 2024, ahead of the upcoming nesting season of the federally protected Western Snowy Plover bird.

Constructed on December 28, 2023, in response to potential risks posed by high surf and storm surges, the two sand berms, spanning 0.75 miles in Ventura and two miles in Oxnard, are now slated for removal to ensure the preservation of natural habitats and the safety of local wildlife during the approaching nesting season.

“The delicate balance between environmental conservation and public safety is paramount to us all,” stated Ventura Mayor Joe Schroeder. “The removal and redistribution of sand along the beaches is a collaborative effort and essential in fostering a conducive environment for the protection and preservation of vulnerable species.”

The deconstruction process is anticipated to span approximately five days, operating between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. During the process, heavy machinery, including three Ventura County Fire dozers and supporting beach grading equipment from the City of Oxnard and State Parks, will be working in conjunction to clear debris ahead of redispersing the sand along the coastline.  

Community members are urged to stay clear of the designated work areas to ensure a safe, smooth, and efficient removal process.

To learn more about the Western Snowy Plover, please visit the California State Parks website at


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