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Weekly Update - July 20

Lots of news this week! Here's what we're reading:

Offshore oil drilling

"...It’s why we never launch a new product without hearing what our environmentally savvy customers think about it. And it’s why we’re supporting local efforts to keep the federal government from drilling in our oceans for fossil fuels." More in the Times of San Diego

Tijuana River Border Sewage

On behalf of all those who love and enjoy the ocean – Surfrider Foundation to sue feds over border sewage spills.

Poseidon Desalination

Poseidon desalination plant ok'd for preliminary contract terms/A disappointing decision, but we can still stop this energy-guzzling, marine-life-killing nonsense project!

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the Orange County Water District Meeting last night (Activists needed to oppose desal contract in Orange County)! We may have lost this battle but we are confident we will win the war against Poseidon's terrible desalination proposal for Huntington Beach.

The writing is on the wall as - we can tell from the great turnout last tonight. The people of Orange County don’t want Poseidon’s water.

And there's this,

"Privately owned Poseidon Water sees a chance to make big money selling desalinated water in Orange County." Poseidon desalination is a bad deal for Orange County business and consumers

Sea Level Rise

Humboldt Bay is at the Highest Risk of Sea-Level Rise on the Entire West Coast, Study Says / Well, that's certainly something to plan for!


California will face a terrible choice: Save cliff-side homes or public beaches from rising seas / Resilience is urgent work. “Beaches are perhaps the most iconic feature of California, and the potential for losing this identity is real.The effect of California losing its beaches is not just a matter of affecting the tourism economy. Losing the protecting swath of beach sand between us and the pounding surf exposes critical infrastructure, businesses and homes to damage.”

Public Access

Battle over Santa Cruz beach continues – Fight brewing over Privates Beach in Santa Cruz County, which charges $100 yearly fee

“The precedent here is that if Opal (Cliffs) Park can charge a public access fee, then why can’t other public agencies charge an access fee?” Veesart said. “Is that what we want in California, all these public agencies charging a fee to access the beach?”