San Luis Obispo

Defeated Pismo Beach/Shell Beach Seawalls

Victory | March 09 2011

Coastal Preservation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and City of Pismo Beach had proposed to build two seawalls at St. Andrews Lift Station (Seacliff Dr. and Baker Ave.) and Vista del Mar Lift Station (Vista del Mar Ave. and Ocean Blvd) in Pismo Beach. The initial proposal did not give serious consideration to non-armoring alternatives and failed to recognize existing public access at the St. Andrews site. The San Luis Obispo Chapter conducted a beach access survey and provided photo documentation to help bring access issues to light and wrote comments on the CEQA/NEPA document and to the Coastal Commission to convey the chapter's concerns. On March 9, 2011, the Coastal Commission objected to consistency determination and effectively denied the proposal.

Coastal Preservation

Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast. Our efforts are focused on establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust.

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