Monday, February 1, 2010

Safety Reminder - Please stay off the bluffs

DPW has asked me to pass along a safety reminder. Please give the bluffs, even the areas that have not yet fallen into the ocean, a healthy safety distance. I just read the book Death in Yosemite which dedicates a chapter to people falling off cliffs; let's keep in mind our human ability to eyeball safety is fairly flawed.

Independent of your own personal safety is the stability of the bluff itself. Walking on, around, and underneath the bluff disturbs the soil directly, and potentially of greater importance, the paths in which runoff flows. The rain and waves are already challenging enough for the delicate bluffs without the additional disturbances.

Please stay off the bluffs.

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