State sued over sand mining in San Francisco Bay

East Bay Times

Environmentalists are suing the state in an effort to reduce sand mining inside San Francisco Bay that they contend is shrinking a popular beach and habitat for an endangered bird. The San Francisco Baykeeper contends the State Lands Commission didn’t adequately protect Ocean Beach last June when it renewed leases allowing a company to scoop up sand off the Bay bottom near Alcatraz Island. The beach relies on replenishment of sand that moves from the Bay into the ocean and then washes up on Ocean Beach, Baykeeper said.