Coastal Blog — Coastal Preservation
October 03 2014
Last year’s legislative season in California was a bust for the coast and ocean. In 2013, Surfrider worked on ten coastal and ocean protection bills, and only two bills were signed into law. Surprisingly, this year’s season was the opposite and very successful. Surfrider actively worked on more than a…
August 22 2014
The very modest 28-room East Deck Motel sits right next to Ditch Plains, a premier surf spot in Long Island. It has been sold and the new owners plan a huge members-only resort and entertainment complex, 2 stories, over 30,000 square feet including deck and pool with 100 parking spaces,…
June 12 2014
Congress has passed an updated Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Surfrider chapters worked hard to improve the final version of the bill.
March 26 2014
Some early predictions for a strong El Niño are building and that could mean strong storms and severe coastal erosion. The response is often shoreline armoring under emergency conditions
February 06 2014
A committee of Senate and House members is negotiating the final version of the Water Resources Development Act which authorizes coastal restoration and engineering projects. Find out how you can influence the final version of the bill!
December 20 2013
The documentary on beach replenishment called Shored Up has been making its way around the Surfrider Network with many chapters involved in local screenings and film festival debuts. The film was just written up in Variety magazine and it is the best review yet.
November 26 2013
As we close in on the end of another great year of coastal protection it seems appropriate to look back at the hard work that’s been done by Surfrider Foundation volunteers and staff. Our activists have been busy this year, racking up 33 campaign victories so far
November 21 2013
Surfrider members are “ocean users” through and through. It’s amazing to think that as I write this blog, there are Surfrider supporters around the world surfing, diving, fishing, SUPing, swimming, sunbathing, wildlife watching AND fighting to protect our coast. In California, Surfrider is upping our ante to preserve our coast…
November 15 2013
Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors (LACDBH) to construct a seasonal sand berm to prevent an easterly breach of the Malibu Lagoon inlet. A first steps towards surf improvement in Malibu. Read about the other benefits and the longer term goals.
November 04 2013
Now that the Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy has passed, here is an example of exactly what we should not be doing. It is OK to rebuild, but not this way. At the center of this aerial picture is the old beachfront gazebo in Beach Haven, NJ. Note how it sits…
September 12 2013
Beach replenishment is the main tool along much of our coast to protect coastal development, but in Southern FL they are simply running out of sand and counties are fighting counties in what amounts to Sand Wars.
April 26 2013
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote in the coming weeks on a Water Resources Development Act, or "WRDA" for short. Several bad provisions make this bill unacceptable and it needs to be reworked.
April 08 2013
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of California’s most important laws—not only because it helps protect our environment and “quality of life”, but CEQA also promotes democratic participation in the decision-making process—giving citizens a say in what happens in their local communities. Unfortunately over the past few years,…
March 29 2013
Almost five months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the northeast the region is still in recovery mode. It is a real challenge to balance the competing interests of the urgency and importance of rebuilding with thoughtful planning to make the necessary changes to avoid a similar disaster in the future.…
December 17 2012
President Obama and Congress are rightfully moving to provide federal assistance for those impacted by Hurricane (Superstorm) Sandy. Unfortunately in their zeal for action the Senate is proposing to go far and beyond what is needed for disaster recovery, threatening the future health and vitality of our coastal beaches and…
December 12 2012
We don't really like seawalls at Surfrider Foundation, I know. But to put a large structure on the ocean side of a seawall, now that's just a lose, lose proposition. Exhibit A from Sea Bright, NJ.
November 01 2012
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Surfrider Foundation has issued the following statement.
October 31 2012
“King tides” are extreme high tide events that tend to be more dramatic in the winter when storms cause increased wind and wave activity along the coast. These high water events allow us to visualize now how flooding from rising sea levels will impact our beaches, coastal areas and shoreline…