The glass beach near Fort Bragg in Northern California has been where residents have brought all forms of their garbage since 1949.
At that time, the standards for where and how people could dispose of their garbage were much lower and less regulated.
In the early 1960s, officials began to regulate what was dumped on the beach, first stopping toxins and then everything when the North Coast Water Quality Council moved the official landfill to another location in 1967. г.
Although this was nearly half a century ago, the remains are still very clear.
Much of the glass left on the beach during its dirty past has not gone far, and the years of shattering waves have softened and polished the broken pieces.
Now the beach is covered with pieces of sea glass the size of a stone, coloring the seascape and adding a tourist element to the natural beauty of the place.
Glass Beach is part of MacKerricher State Park and has another side in its history, as it is the only area of the California park system that was once part of the Mendocino Indian Reserve.
Due to this historical significance, Glass Beach is maintained by the parks department, which does everything possible to preserve the natural and not so natural beauty of the beach.
“Currently, the rangers are working to train and inform the public and we confiscate and return the collected sea cups to the beach when possible,” Ranger Tim Quandt told Fort Bragg’s official website.
Glass Beach, located about a three-hour drive north of San Francisco, is a major tourist attraction. While this is good for locals, it is a problem for conservationists who want to prevent visitors from taking pieces home with them.
“The truth is that removing artifacts from the state park is a violation. Park rangers have not yet started quoting violators … yet, but that day will eventually come. “ Tim Quand continued.