We had a busy Coastal Commission meeting in September in Newport Beach – read the update on ActCoastal. We were able to block riprap in a marine protected area at Gaviota State Beach, improve a wastewater pipe project in Cayucos and weigh in on ways the Coastal Commission can improve transparency and public opportunities for participation.
We’d also like to announce that the Santa Ana Regional Water Board’s October 25 public workshop on the proposed Poseidon Huntington Beach desalination plant is canceled. The Water Board is delayed again and will not be releasing their tentative order until November or possibly later.
We’re gearing up for a busy October Coastal Commission meeting in Chula Vista. The City of Del Mar is updating their local coastal program for sea level rise, the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning activities will be heard and we’ll give an update on the latest with the Carlsbad desalination plant.
In good news, AB 65 to promote living shorelines and natural coastal adaptation passed and was recently signed by the governor! “Without proactive planning, sea level rise will be the greatest environmental and economic catastrophe to hit California. AB 65 ensures investment in strategies most likely to mitigate the harm we’re facing. By prioritizing green infrastructure, and protection and restoration of our natural ecosystems, Assemblymember Petrie-Norris is giving those who depend on California’s coast new and specific hope for the future.” – Surfrider Foundation’s California Policy Manager Jennifer Savage
In bad news, the UN released a dire report for our coast and oceans last week. And while the bad news is clear – there’s still hope. Read about all the ways in which Surfrider and our vast activist network are engaging to save our ocean – and planet!