We take pride in the work of our staff and dedicated volunteers. Read about what we’ve accomplished locally to help preserve our oceans, waves and beaches for generations to come.
- In partnership with San Diego Coastkeeper, the San Diego County Chapter hosted over 50 public cleanups in 2017. 8,190 volunteers came out to pick up over 9,352 pounds of debris from our 72 miles of coastline.
- Over 118,000 pieces of debris were removed, this included: 32,247 cigarette butts, 10,863 plastic food wrappers and 2,330 plastic bags (just to name a few items!)
Rise Above Plastics & Ocean Friendly Restaurants
- San Diego Chapter celebrates 100 + certified Ocean Friendly Restaurants at the “100 OFR Strong Celebration” held at Wheat and Water Restaurant in La Jolla
- Registered our first Platinum Level OFR, Red House, in Imperial Beach
- Rolled the San Diego OFR program over to the newly launched National OFR program
- RAP volunteers assisted in getting a polystyrene ban in Imperial Beach
- Revamped the Hold On To Your Butt Committee with new leadership and put under the RAP umbrella
- Installed and maintained 10+ ashcans around San Diego County
No Border Sewage
- Attended the International Boundary Water Commission public meeting at the Tijuana River Estuary immediately following the February spill. Set up a table for citizens to write to their representatives. Published a blog post and action alert.
- In June, we partnered with Cerveza Imperial to hire Gabriela as a part time policy coordinator for NoBS. Cerveza Imperial invested over $10,000, and a beach cleanup at Imperial Beach was hosted to announce the partnership.
- In August, NoBS hosted the quarterly Chapter Meeting at the Tijuana River Estuary Visitor Center. This included a guest speaker, Melissa Valdovinos from the California Waterboard.
- In October, NoBS hosted a beach cleanup and volunteer appreciation party at Border Field State Park to close out Tijuana River Action Month.
Blue Water Task Force
- The re-launching of the Blue Water Task Force was announced
- Through the graciousness of Las Patronas, the Blue Water Task Force was awarded a large grant fund two water quality testing laboratories.
- Hosted a screening of No Impact Man to highlight the connection between the products we buy and the emissions that lead to coastal climate change.
- Sent six volunteers to Denver for training through Al Gore’s Climate Reality Program, who have then gone on to give talks in the community on climate science and how we can take action to improve the health of our oceans, waves, and beaches!
- Hosted the first-ever Surfrider Farm to Table, highlighting the connection between diet and climate. This sold-out event featured local, organic, and primarily plant-based menu items on a family farm, paired with innovative, sustainable alcohol.
- Put on the 2nd Annual Santa Cycle group bike ride, with Santa costumes, climate awareness posters, and a fun Sunday night community activity!
- NEW Smartfin program launched in May 2017
- 50 Surfrider citizen scientists surfing Smartfins have collected 620+ hours of ocean data
- As a result of the pilot, we’ve identified and improved 9 technological glitches as well as other user barriers
- In partnership with San Diego Coastkeeper, the San Diego County Chapter hosted over 50 public cleanups in 2016. 6,333 volunteers came out to pick up over 9,399 pounds of debris from our 72 miles of coastline.
- 57285 cigarette butts, 18667 styrofoam pieces, 13698 plastic food wrappers and 4196 plastic bags were removed from our beaches (just to name a few items!)
Ocean Friendly Gardens
- The Ocean Friendly Gardens committee organized and conducted ten design seminars, six hands-on workshops for the general public and one professional seminar.
- The Committee submitted it’s impressive curb cut project for review to the City of Oceanside.
Hold On To Your Butt
- The Committee partnered with I Love A Clean San Diego, organizing a “Trash or Treat” cigarette litter cleanup and ashcan maintenance day in the North Park neighborhood. The cleanup brought out tons of volunteers to remove thousands of cigarette butts from the city streets.
- Hosted it’s 14th Annual Hold On To Your Butt Awareness Day at Belmont Park, receiving media attention from local news outlets and educating hundreds of individuals on the importance of proper cigarette butt disposal.
Rise Above Plastics
- The Committee worked with Surfrider National to launch Ocean Friendly Restaurants as a national campaign, with the committee breaking 70 certified restaurants in San Diego County.
- RAP Volunteers worked tirelessly to help pass bag ordinances in Del Mar, Oceanside, the City of San Diego and the State of California! They also helped push through the polystyrene ordinance in Encinitas.
No Border Sewage
- Organized another successful Goat Canyon Cleanup in the Tijuana River Valley, removing nearly 10 tons of trash and debris.
- Participated in Tijuana River Action Month, organizing cleanups, a volunteer appreciation event and the first ever bi-national surf contest. While the surf contest was cancelled due to inclement weather, it was successfully planned in conjunction with the Surfrider Baja California Chapter and helped build awareness on the serious environmental issues affecting the Tijuana River Valley and South County Beaches.
STOP Climate Change
- Hosted a screening of No Impact Man at Trilogy Sanctuary
- Organized the Santa Cycle in Solana Beach/Cardiff, an interactive bike ride and environmental talk led by the committee and Dr. Bruce Bekkar.
- The San Diego chapter stopped a Solana Beach sea cave from being filled with untested “erodible” concrete.
- On June 6th 2016 the Del Mar City Council unanimously passed their Climate Action Plan (CAP), including a goal for 100% clean energy by 2035!
- The San Diego Chapter successfully defended the delineation between “existing” structures and new construction as they pertain to 30235 of the Coastal Act.
- Unanimous approval of the Programmatic EIR for the Pure Water project.
- California Coastal Commission approved San Elijo Lagoon Restoration and Surf Monitoring with an amendment to extend surf monitoring for a full 12 months and in doing so acknowledged the importance of surfing resources.
- Our Chapter participated in a very successful Oceans Day 2015 in Sacramento where dozens of coastal activists met with elected officials to educate them on the challenges currently facing our coasts.
- Our Beach Cleanup program, in partnership with San Diego Coastkeeper, has organized 135 public and private beach cleanups this year. During these cleanups, 4,290 volunteers removed 5,966, lbs of trash including 38,507 cigarette butts, 5,238 pieces of Styrofoam and 2,357 plastic bags from San Diego County beaches and surrounding areas.
- The No Border Sewage committee hosted 3 cleanups through the first half of the year with a total of 272 volunteers participating, 17,860 pounds of trash and 264 tires removed from the Tijuana River Valley. The committee also took 18 people on a tour hosted by California State Parks on March 21st. Volunteers learned about the natural flow of the Tijuana River into the Estuary, and the trash, sediment and sewage that comes with it. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, NoBS took 12 volunteers on a tour of the South Bay International Water Treatment Plant.
- No Border Sewage committee hosted a “Relaunch Party” at Barrels Restaurant & Lounge in Imperial Beach. About 50 attendees came together for an evening of food, drinks, raffle prizes and conversation about the problems that plague the Imperial Beach community and beyond. Read more here. They also attended Tijuana River Action Network meetings in February, May, and June. They boothed at Outlets at the Border, and Imperial Beach Farmer’s Market four times. Additionally, the No Border Sewage documentary was produced and displayed at the San Diego Art Institute for the entirety June.
- In January, the Rise Above Plastics committee launched its Ocean Friendly Restaurants campaign, which works with San Diego County restaurants to institute self-regulated ocean friendly policies that reduce disposable plastic waste. Through this reduction, restaurants have the power to greatly reduce their impact on San Diego’s ocean and beaches. More than 64 restaurants have been certified, and the campaign received positive press coverage on Earth Day in April and at a press conference in May. Since the state bag ban is pending a referendum next year, RAP continues to support efforts to pass ordinances in the city of San Diego, Oceanside and other localities. Additionally, RAP gave away 500 reusable bags at a local farmers’ market.
- The Know Your H20 (KYH2O) committee created a speaker series where members of the water management community come and hold dialogues about topical issues. The committee hosted a State Assembly Member, Deanna Spehn, who presented on details about where Water Bond money is to be allocated, as well as speakers from local water districts, Kim Thorner and Mike Thornton, who spoke about local water reuse projects.
- KYH20 started the process to create outreach materials (particularly, a QR code sticker) to encourage the public to learn more about what happens to our water. The committee also began review of important documents pertaining to the changes made to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) storm water permit to eventually become a discerning influence on policy decisions. KYH20 rallied activists to lobby at the November 18th Regional Water Quality Control Board hearing against the MS4 permit amendment. Although the amendment was upheld, the Surfrider activists were equipped with signs – and many spoke or provided written testimonies – creating an image that surely will hold momentum should future issues arise.
- The Beach Preservation committee was awarded a $3,000 grant from REI to help keep beaches our open and accessible for all to enjoy! One of our longtime Beach Preservation Committee members, Kristin Brinner, was selected to sit on the Del Mar Sea-Level-Rise Stakeholder Technical Committee. Another example of a Surfrider volunteer moving up the ranks, gaining experience, and engaging with their community.
- In June, Beach Preservation hosted a press conference and beach walk to educate the community about the negative impacts of seawalls on our beaches. This effort is linked to our participation in a court case that has been appealed to the California Supreme Court, Lynch v. Coastal Commission. Surfrider is engaging to support the Coastal Commission and ensure that this case does not set a negative precedent for our coastline. This issue is not over yet, but it is a good example of Surfrider San Diego taking a more proactive approach, and helping to steer the conversation before it turns into a battle. When the issue of what to do about the erosion at Beacons beach in Encinitas bubbled up again, Surfrider proactively issued this position statement to all interested parties. The Coastal Commission staff has since issued their stance on the subject, which is in line with our thoughts and concerns; now it is up to the City to determine how to move forward.
- The Hold On To Your Butt (HOTYB) committee continues to work its butt off in an effort to keep our oceans, waves, and beaches cigarette butt free! They are now up over 200 ashcans installed throughout San Diego County, with our latest headway being made (with the help of ‘I Love A Clean San Diego’) in Oceanside. And we also have our first ashcans planned for installation at the Fisherman’s Landing area of Point Loma. Last “butt” not least, the Ocean Beach Main Street Association (OBMSA) has signed up to be our first community in San Diego County to have its collected cigarette butts be recycled by Terracycle, which is an organization that receives, cleans, and recycles discarded cigarette butts.
- Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) has been working on a pilot curb cut project. A turf area along St Mary School in Oceanside will be planted with native, drought tolerant plants and a cut in the curb will redirect storm water drainage into the garden. Pollutants will be naturally filtered out as the water drains into the soil and the garden should receive enough water that irrigation will be unnecessary. This project will also help alleviate storm water flooding along the street and divert urban runoff from going directly into the storm drain and the ocean. OFG is working with the City of Oceanside to permit the curb cut project and if approved, it will act as an example for other jurisdictions.
- Earlier in the year, OFG held an ‘Action against Compaction’ workshop. When designing areas to capture rainwater and runoff, the soil must be permeable and act like a sponge to avoid standing water. Volunteers learned how to add mulch and worm casings to compacted clay soil to facilitate drainage.
- The chapter held four chapter meetings with an average attendance of 100 people. These meetings were focused on the Surfer Health Study, Beach Preservation, Know Your H2O, Rise Above Plastics and Hold On To Your Butt.
- The chapter held six Core Volunteer Orientations and trained 148 volunteers.
- The chapter hosted three Advocacy 101 Trainings and trained 46 activists.
- The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter, in partnership with San Diego Coastkeeper, held 131 beach cleanups, including both public and private cleanups. During these cleanups, 7742 volunteers removed 11,413 lbs of trash including 75,877 cigarette butts, 17,811 pieces of styrofoam and 5,665 plastic bags from San Diego County beaches and surrounding areas.
- The Tijuana River Action Network held the 5th Annual Tijuana River Action Month from mid-September to mid-October. Throughout the month, 2215 participants volunteered their time to help clean, restore, and revitalize areas throughout the Tijuana River Watershed. These volunteers helped improve 8.3 acres of habitat, remove 76,703 pounds of trash were removed (over 34 lbs per participant), collect 106 tires, and install 190 plants.
- The annual Morning After Mess beach cleanup series was held on July 5th at the Ocean Beach Pier, Belmont Park, Crystal Pier, and the Oceanside Pier. In three hours, 648 volunteers removed 1,410lbs of trash and 326lbs of recycling including 14,796 cigarette butts, 489 plastic bags and 983 pieces of styrofoam from the beaches and surrounding areas. Here are the links to some media coverage of the event: UT, NBC7, 10News, and the OB Rag.
- The Hold On To Your Butt committee installed and replaced 75 ashcans in Mission Hills, Clairemont Mesa (SDG&E), Oceanside, Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach.
- The Rise Above Plastics committee hosted free screenings of the award-winning documentaries Bag It, Into the Gyre, and Plastic Paradise educating approximately 240 people on the plastic pollution issue.
- The Rise Above Plastics committee organized two Rise Above Plastics Days. In June, 30 volunteers distributed 3500 free reusable bags across four locations in the City of San Diego. In December, 18 volunteers distributed 1000 free reusable bags across three locations in the City of San Diego.
- The Ocean Friendly Gardens committee ran a Hands On Workshop in Carlsbad where 12 people attended and learned about water savings and pollution reduction strategies for our landscapes. The committee also hosted a three-part series with the Green Gardens Group (G3) that transformed the corner of Montgomery Waller Park (Palm Ave and Beyer Blvd) into an Ocean Friendly Garden.
- The 23rd Annual Paddle for Clean Water drew an estimated 1500 attendees, with 750 participating in the actual paddle. The event raised public awareness and nearly $5,000 for clean water initiatives.
- The chapter celebrated the 10th Annual International Surfing Day on June 20th in Ocean Beach with a family-friendly event featuring free surfboard lessons, a showcase of local surfboard shapers, and an outdoor screening of the Endless Summer as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic film. Twenty people took advantage of the free surfboard lessons and there were over 300 people in attendance during the movie.
- The 14th Annual Art Gala attracted 450 attendees and raised over $32,000 to support the chapter’s mission of protecting oceans, waves, and beaches.
- Several Surfrider members participated in the first year of a 2-year Surfer Health Study that is a first-of-its-kind study specifically looking at surfer illnesses from exposure to polluted water and also focusing on surfing in wet weather. Winter 2013-2014 was the pilot phase of this project and winter 2014-2015 will be a larger-scale study. The study focuses on Ocean Beach and Tourmaline Surfing Park. You can enroll in the study here.
- In late August, the California Assembly and Senate approved SB 270, a bill to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and put a fee on paper bags. The bill was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September. The bill’s sponsors partnered with the environmental community, the California Grocers Association, workers unions, industry and the public to create a statewide solution to the problem of single-use plastic bag pollution. This victory marks the culmination of a six year effort to promote bag ban legislation in the state capital. The SD chapter was instrumental in this victory by raising awareness of the issues, educating the public and legislators, and working closely with Surfrider staff and our many environmental partners to achieve the first official statewide ban on plastic bags. More about this here.
- After several years of collaborative work between Surfrider Foundation San Diego County activists, community members and the City of Encinitas, the City Council voted to approve an ordinance banning retailers’ distribution of single-use plastic checkout bags. The ordinance will go into effect in March 2015. More about this here.
- Surfrider San Diego County Chapter activists evaluated and submitted comments on the draft EIR for the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration, which will place approximately 1 million cubic yards of dredged sediment from the lagoon on nearby beaches or in nearshore ocean waters. The EIR evaluates the effect of different restoration alternatives on both the lagoon itself and nearby surf spots. The evaluation of surfing areas was performed, at least in part, based on comments by Surfrider at previous EIR scoping meetings. County Parks and Recreation staff complemented Surfrider on our clear, focused comment letter.
- Due to concerns about the impact of this dredging project on surfing conditions at Tamarack and nearby locations, Surfider submitted comments to the California Coastal Commission. We got them to plan for alternative placement of sand on North Beach and to study surf impacts more on future dredging. This is a major accomplishment, considering they have been doing the dredging for over four decades without considering these things.
- The work of numerous Surfrider activists and staff over a period of several years paid off on November 18 when the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve Pure Water San Diego, a program which will significantly reduce wastewater discharges to the ocean and produce 83 million gallons per day of high quality drinking water. The approval covered two items – (1) authorization to submit an application for a modified National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant and (2) authorization to enter into a Cooperative Agreement between the City of San Diego, Surfrider Foundation and other NGOs in support of the Point Loma NPDES Permit and Pure Water San Diego. The permit application includes the concept of “secondary equivalency”, which will achieve the same mass emission limits of suspended solids as would be allowed under secondary treatment, by reducing the wastewater flows going to Pt. Loma. Read more about this here.
- The chapter committed to provide in-kind work to participate in a statewide grant to further Direct Potable Reuse and public acceptance of recycled water.
- On June 26th the San Diego Regional Board approved a new National Pollution Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the International Boundary Water Commission, South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant for the first time in 18 years. After years of challenges and mishaps the plant is finally in compliance with secondary treatment standards. Obviously, a new updated permit is a win in general, but Surfrider and others requested that additional state-of-the-art monitoring be added to the new permit. The Regional Board agreed due to the unique circumstances surrounding the Tijuana River Watershed, and said it would take two years to develop such a monitoring framework. When the new monitoring is in place, we look forward to the increased information about the near shore environment in this sensitive area.
- After three appearances before the California Coastal Commission, the Commission approved an application by the Bannasch Family Trust in Solana Beach to “maintain and expand” their seacaves, but not without significant conditions. Surfrider has been engaged on this issue since the early 2000’s with concerns over the use of “erodible concrete” and concerns that the deed restriction prohibiting a seawall for this property was being circumvented by the seacave expansion. While it would have been better for the Coastal Commission to stop this project in its tracks, two conditions were added to this project making it a win for the beach going public. If the “erodible concrete” ever sticks out more than 6 inches from the adjacent bluff, that portion has to be manually removed by the applicant. Furthermore, the applicant has to prove, prior to installation, that the “erodible concrete” will erode at a rate similar to the natural bluff (i.e. within 20%) before the new project can be installed. So if the concrete does not actually erode, it can’t be installed. For more information click here and here.
- After more than two years of collecting data, the San Diego County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation published their second annual report on the Surf Monitoring Study. The study was designed to track changes in how five local surf spots responded to the large influx of sand from Regional Beach Sand Project II (RBSP II). For the complete study and more background info click here.
- Surfrider has long opposed seawalls because they nearly always lead to the destruction of our public beaches in California. The chapter’s Policy Manager and key volunteers led the most recent effort to persuade the California Coastal Commission to ensure that seawalls are periodically reviewed to assess their need and to balance that against their impact to public beaches. This action was necessary because the Commission last year unexpectedly abandoned its previous policy that automatically required seawall permits to expire after 20 years, triggering a review requiring property owners to justify the walls. Surfrider San Diego successfully argued that permits for seawalls should not be allowed to exist in perpetuity without some review of their impact. The Commission decided that seawalls (both new and existing) would be reviewed when homeowners wish to expand their beachfront homes or make significant improvements that expand the life of existing coastal structures. This policy victory occurred in conjunction with the Commission’s finalization of the Land Use Plan Amendment for the city of Solana Beach, the lone city in San Diego that has yet to comply with the landmark 1976 Coastal Act by adopting a Local Coastal Plan (LCP). With this decision Solana Beach is one step closer to finally having a LCP. For more background click here.
- We can’t really call this a victory, but at least we made sure our environmental concerns were heard! After receiving comments from more than 200 San Diego County residents and sharp criticism from at least five environmental groups, the County Water Authority decided on March 27th its staff had drafted a nearly perfect Master Plan and Climate Action Plan. Given the Water Authority’s history of ignoring critics, few were surprised. San Diego Surfrider had a moderate request: Do a regional assessment of all local water supply options before locking the region into a pattern and practice that gives priority to high-cost, high-energy desalination, i.e. converting seawater into drinking water. Surfrider also pressed for greater conservation goals. While the region has cut back by 24 percent compared to 2007, Surfrider believes a 35 percent reduction over 20 years is possible. Australia did it in 10 years, why not San Diego? The Water Authority’s Climate Action Plan fails to fully account for the impact of greenhouse gases that will be spewed by power plants supporting desalination plants, which need massive amounts of electricity. But don’t throw up your hands in frustration. You can help by urging your Mayor to appoint more progressive representatives to the Water Authority.
- Surfrider was tracking the initial proposal for desalination rate allocation because of the possible implications on potable reuse, and we issued this press release. On March 27th, by a very slim margin the proposal to assign the desalination costs to the “fixed costs” for water agencies was shot down, and those costs have temporarily been assigned to the “supply rate” where they belong. This issue is not completely over, as this will have to be addressed again when the Fiscal-Year 2016 rates are updated. Hopefully these issues will be addressed in a more comprehensive manner by then.
- Surfrider San Diego participated in a very successful Oceans Day 2014 in Sacramento where almost a hundred coastal activists met with elected officials to educate them on the challenges currently facing our coasts.
- The November Coastal Commission meeting was an important one for us, with several of our priority issues on the agenda. Our efforts helped deter the Commission from making a bad decision regarding the 20-year limit on seawall permits. Instead the Commission continued the items to January of next year so that the larger policy issues can be fully considered, before they make a new precedent.
- A reduced size ACOE beach nourishment project for Solana Beach and Encinitas came back to the Coastal Commission for round two. While the project was ultimately approved, Surfrider helped add important conditions to reduce the projects impacts on important surfing resources and marine habitat.
- The 4th Annual Tijuana River Action Month drew 2,723 volunteers who collected 51 tons of trash and 185 tires, created 2,800 eco-bricks from re-used solids taken from the river, installed 120 native plants and restored 11 acres of the Tijuana River Watershed.
- Surfrider Foundation volunteers distributed 600 free reusable bags during Rise Above Plastics Day in Chula Vista and Barrio Logan.
- The chapter hosted four free screenings of the award-winning documentary Bag It, co-hosted two screenings of the documentary Plastic Paradise and held screenings of the films Watershed and Shored Up.
- The chapter’s Hold On To Your Butt committee installed 23 ashcans throughout the communities of Barrio Logan, Downtown, North Park, Oceanside, Mission Hills and Ocean Beach.
- During the chapter’s annual Hold On To Your Butt Awareness Day in August, volunteers distributed approximately 600 pocket ashtrays.
- The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter and Oceans Friendly Gardens committee received two OBie awards from the Ocean Beach Town Council for volunteer service and being green.
- The 14th Annual Art Gala raised over $25,000 to support the chapter’s mission of protecting oceans, waves and beaches.
- The chapter celebrated the 9th Annual International Surfing Day with a paddle-in movie featuring the classic surf movie Gidget (1959) at the Lafayette Hotel.
- The 22nd Annual Paddle for Clean Water drew close to 1000 ocean enthusiasts to paddle around the longest cement pier in North America and raised over $6000 for clean water initiatives in San Diego County.
- The chapter held six Core Volunteer Orientations and trained 159 volunteers and 42 volunteers attended Advocacy 101 Trainings.
- The Ocean Friendly Gardens committee installed a beautiful new Ocean Friendly Garden in the Sunset Cliffs/Ocean Beach area.
- The Solana Beach Land Use Plan (LUP) was finally adopted by the City Council as modified by the Coastal Commission in March 2012, a huge victory for us years in the making! Click here to read more.
- When tremendous unintended consequences struck Imperial Beach following the placement of sand from Regional Beach Sand Project II (RBSP II), we were able to use the data from our Surf Monitoring Study to help validate the locals’ experience of the negative consequences. We appeared before the Imperial Beach City Council twice with significant activist support. Click here for more.
- The chapter helped orchestrate a press conference with the San Diego Mayor and City Council confirming Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) as a policy direction and the City’s willingness to provide the necessary leadership.
- The IPR demonstration study was accepted as complete by the City Council and they committed to seven next steps for IPR thanks to lobbying by Surfrider and our fellow stakeholders.
- Surfrider played a key roll in a very successful Regional Water Quality Control Board hearing regarding the MS4 (stormwater) permit. Surfider had a great presence at the hearing and more than 25 activists gave public comment. After the very long two-day hearing the Regional Board postponed their decision until the May meeting.
- Following the very powerful April hearing, the Regional Board unanimously adopted the new MS4 permit without the “safe harbor clause”; a major victory for water quality as the new permit represents a paradigm shift in stormwater management from an action oriented approach to an outcome oriented approach.
- Following the LUP adoption in February, the City Council of Solana Beach decided to pursue specific amendments to their LUP to clarify a few key points. Surfrider was able to influence the LUP amendment hearing and successfully combated the Bluff-top-homeowners efforts.
- Along with the support of Surfrider Foundation global headquarters and our partners, approximately 300 activists attended the June Regional Water Quality Control Board meeting to combat the latest version of the 241-toll-road proposal and Save Trestles yet again. The TCA was attempting to build the first 5-mile segment of the ill-fated toll road. After hours of public testimony, the Regional Board denied the proposal with a 3-2 vote.
- Along with our partners, the chapter was able to help convince the California State Legislature to continue $1 million in annual funding for maintenance of the Goat Canyon Sediment Basins. This funding is critical in addressing the trash and sediment issues on the international border at the most critical input: the end-point of the Tijuana River Watershed. This location supports extraordinary recreational opportunities, outstanding examples of our State’s most valued natural resources, such as the Tijuana Estuary and the California State Marine Conservation Area of the Tijuana River Mouth. Without the funding for maintenance the sediment that would have built up would have devastated the watershed, wetlands and water quality.
- At the July Coastal Commission meeting we experienced a huge under-dog victory as the Army Corp of Engineers (ACOE) beach nourishment project for Encinitas and Solana Beach was voted down by a 8-3 vote. The Coastal Commission sent the ACOE and both cities back to the drawing board demanding a reduced size project to limit the anticipated negative impacts.
- We were successfully able to get all three phases of Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) added to the near term goals for San Diego’s Long Range Water Master Plan, instead of just the first phase, as was originally proposed.
- Our Chapter hosted a Coastal Act training with former Coastal Commissioner Sara Wan, almost 30 activists and government officials now have a better working knowledge of the Coastal Act.
- Beach Preservation experts completed our first annual report on our Surf Monitoring Study and continue to work with the Coastal Commission to require this type of monitoring for all future large-scale coastal projects. Click here for more.
- The chapter served a 12-month term on the City of San Diego’s “Water Policy Implementation Task Force”, contributing important recommendations to improve water management in our region and advocating for the benefits of integrated water management.
- Beach Cleanups: 4,308 volunteers collected 7,594 lbs of trash.
- City of Solana Beach adopts a plastic bag ban! Read more.
- Surfrider San Diego was appointed to the City of San Diego Comprehensive Water Policy Implementation Task Force.
- San Diego Chapter is recognized for their role in advocating for Indirect Potable Reuse and was asked to speak at the UCLA Southern California Future of Water Conference and to a State Assembly Committee in Sacramento.
- Our film, The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water, becomes part of the curriculum in Professional Certificate in Water Management and Landscape Sustainability Online, SDSU.
- After a 16 year long campaign to ensure that seawalls along Solana Beach were properly mitigated, the Coastal Commission approved the City of Solana Beach’s Land Use Plan that included a 20-year review of seawall permits and also set an 18 month timeline for the City to finalize their study to determine land lease and mitigation fees that ensure the public is properly compensated for the lost of public sandy beach.
- Recycled Water Study is completed and accepted by the City of San Diego. This study is a key step in moving toward Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR), and details the costs and benefits of implementing 100 mgd (million gallons a day) of IPR to offload the wastewater being discharged off of Point Loma.
- Beach Cleanups: 3,619 volunteers collected 5,474 lbs trash.
- Successfully advocated for three Low Impact Development (LID) additions to Point Loma Nazarene University’s plans to deal with run-off.
- Successfully launched a new scientific Surf Monitoring Program. This study is one of the first of its kind, and will help coastal managers move away from relying on anecdotal information about surfing resources.
- Successfully advocated for the Solana Beach City Council to add language to “keep public land public” to their draft Local Coastal Plan before submission to the California Coastal Commission. This important distinction is crucial in maintaining and protecting public land (i.e. beaches and bluffs).
- Successfully advocated for a reduced amount of sand for Regional Beach Sand Project II (RBSP II). The California Coastal Commission also agreed with our suggestion to require surf spot monitoring as part of the Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for RBSPII.
- Beach Cleanups: 4,274 volunteers collected 7,782 lbs trash.
- Surfrider was selected to participate in an Integrated Water Management grant (Prop 84) with strategic partners such as the County Water Authority, the City of San Diego, and the County of San Diego, among others to implement a sustainable landscapes program and move toward integrated water management.
- Beach Cleanups: 3,664 volunteers collected 5,152 lbs trash.
- City of San Diego Urban Runoff Management: Restrictions on Residential Over-Watering . Read more.
- Beach Cleanups: 2,809 volunteers collected 4,981 lbs trash.
- A local chapter activist was selected to go on the Jack Johnson concert tour to promote the Rise Above Plastics Campaign.
- San Diego City Council approved a resolution authorizing the beginning steps of an Indirect Potable Re-Use (IPR) project in San Diego, then the Mayor vetoed their vote, but the City Council sided with environmentalists and successfully overturned a veto for the first time ever! Read more.
- San Diego Regional Municipal Stormwater Permit: Surfrider and its partners were successful in strengthening various controls on construction, industrial, municipal, commercial, and residential urban runoff discharges. Of particular interest to Surfrider, the new permit contains a requirement that local jurisdictions develop comprehensive regulations for Low Impact Development (LID) and runoff-sensitive site design standards. Read more.
- Surfrider Foundation won lawsuit against the City of Solana Beach regarding seawalls! Read more.
- Approximately 150 ashcans have been installed in San Diego County, with a 65% reduction in cigarette butt litter in areas where the ashcans have been installed. Read more.
- Surfrider vs. City of San Diego litigation results in an 80% reduction in sewage spills! Read more.
City of San Diego passed a ban on smoking on all public beaches and parks! Read more.