Var, France


In March 2010, pollution was reported on the beach of La Gorguette in Sanary-sur-mer (Var).

The local residents noticed the discharge of sandy and clayey waters directly into the sea. This water came from an underground river that came out of its usual bed through the construction site of a hotel "with its feet in the water". The river then carried with it waste and construction materials that were deposited on the beach or washed away by the ocean. This pollution threatened not only the fauna but also the flora (in particular a posidonia meadow located not far from the shore).

Surfrider has supported the Association de Défense des Sanaryens in its fight against this pollution caused once again by the urbanization of the coast. The battle is now won but a question remains: was this hotel built in accordance with coastal law? Can we still afford to build beachfront hotels in a context of coastal erosion and rising sea levels?


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