Coastal Blog — Legal
October 01 2015
Under the settlement agreement, Maui County will pay $2.5 million for projects to divert and reuse wastewater from the Lahaina wastewater injection wells, and bring its facility into compliance with the Clean Water Act.
September 24 2015
Surfrider Foundation and a coalition of environmental groups received a win from the Hawaii Supreme Court this week when it struck down the Kyo Ya Resort and Hotel's zoning variance that would expand the hotel 60 feet into the setback area on Waikiki, the state’s most popular beach. The Supreme…
September 18 2015
On September 17, 2015, Judge Randa Trapp of the San Diego Superior Court ruled in favor of the California Coastal Commission's authority to protect beach access at Strands Beach in Dana Point and ruled against the City of Dana Point for enacting an Urgency Nuisance Ordinance with no rational basis…
September 04 2015
The California Senate has passed AB 888, banning plastic microbeads. The bill now awaits the Governor's signature, at which time it will become the nation's strongest microbeads ban yet.
August 21 2015
Surfrider Foundation has joined three other conservation groups to save Florida's beaches and the sea turtles from the impacts of sea walls.
August 07 2015
Today, the Surfrider Foundation submitted an application to file an amicus curiae brief with the California Supreme Court in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission, in support of the Commission's authority to regulate seawalls, and protect against coastal armoring's harmful effects to our shorelines.
July 17 2015
Surfrider Foundation has attempted to join a lawsuit to protect generations of public beach access on Crowley Island, Maine.
June 03 2015
Surfrider Foundation, Orange County Coastkeeper and Californians Against Waste sued the City of Huntington Beach for their bag ban repeal ordinance, which lacked proper environmental review and public engagement, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.
May 27 2015
Surfrider Foundation supports laws that address prevention and response to plastic pollution in our marine environment. Currently, there are several pieces of legislation, at both the state and national level, that address pollution by microbeads, tiny plastic particles that are used in face washes, cosmetics, toothpaste and other products, which…
April 21 2015
This article reviews the California Coastal Commission's recent grant of a Coastal Development Permit to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department for developments at Sharp Park golf course, and the Surfrider Foundation San Francisco chapter's ongoing campaign to restore and protect Sharp Park, particularly, from coastal armoring.
March 27 2015
Microbeads are a big topic this legislative session, and microbeads pollution is an important issue Surfrider Foundation is working to stop. Here is a sampling of various state microbeads bans in the works around the country.
March 18 2015
Environmental groups in Georgia fought for land conservation on a fragile spit of coastal property and won a land use easement for 80 acres of protected coastal land. Through a settlement agreement with Sea Island Company, brokered by environmental attorneys at GreenLaw, representing Altamaha Riverkeeper, Center for a Sustainable Coast…
March 12 2015
Surfrider explores access laws around the US at the University of Oregon Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
February 23 2015
In California, the new battleground for a statewide bag bill will take place on the November 2016 ballot. Even though the California State Legislature and the Governor approved a bill into law in the 2014 session, the plastics industry has launched a $3 million effort to strike down the state…
February 23 2015
It looks like Surfrider Foundation will be going back to court to fight for access in the Martin's Beach case. Billionaire venture capitalist property owner, Vinod Khosla, filed a Notice of Appeal this week to try to overturn the very strong lower court ruling. Judge Barbara Mallach from the San…
January 26 2015
A federal court found that the County of Maui was unlawfully damaging the water quality of Maui's coast on Friday, January 23rd, with a ruling that injection well discharges from the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility are violating the Clean Water Act. Judge Susan Oki Mollway found that the County is…
December 08 2014
On Friday, December 5, 2014, Judge Barbara J. Mallach ordered Vinod Khosla to open the gates at Martin's Beach immediately. With the issuance of the Judgment in Surfrider's Martin's Beach case, Judge Mallach clarified her previous Statement of Decision. On December 8, 2014, Peter Allen of the California Coastal Commission…
November 04 2014
Worldwide, nearly two million single-use plastic bags are used each minute. Plastic bags have consistently been reported in the top five most common forms of ocean litter. While these numbers are staggering, there seems to be more than a glimmer of hope as the number of single-use plastic bag bans…