Coastal Blog — Legal
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…
November 03 2014
Even though the ink has barely dried on SB 270, the state bill to ban single-use plastic bags in California and require a fee on paper bags, the bag industry has pledged to drag the law onto the state ballot in 2016.
October 03 2014
Even though Surfrider Foundation was not successful in our Intervention in support of Kaua'i County and their GMO/Pesticides Right to Know ordinance at the lower court, we have appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Surfrider Foundation and our allies hope to prove that this type of…
September 24 2014
Surfrider Foundation was triumphant in a very important legal battle today with the ruling of San Mateo Superior Court Judge Barbara J. Mallach in favor of Surfrider Foundation’s arguments to restore beach access at Martin’s Beach. Specifically, Surfrider Foundation filed this case on March 12, 2013 in order to enforce…
August 29 2014
California’s oceans, waves and beaches are about to become a little cleaner thanks to the efforts of the state legislature this week! SB 270, a bill to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and put a fee on paper bags, has been approved by the California Assembly and Senate.
August 22 2014
The state bill to open Martin's Beach SB 968 (Hill) passed out of the legislature yesterday. The bill is key symbolic action by our state legislature to direct the State Lands Commission to address an issue that has now risen to a level of statewide importance.
July 16 2014
urfrider Foundation delivered powerful closing remarks in the Surfrider Foundation v. Martins Beach I and II LLC case in San Mateo Superior Court today. The crux of the case is to require the property owner, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, to obtain a Coastal Development permit under the Coastal Act,…
July 01 2014
The ocean victories of June, World Oceans Month, are pushing into July. A law goes into effect today and enables the California Coastal Commission to assess fines against landowners wrongfully blocking public beach access. California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins successfully pushed this legislation through as part of the state budget…
June 25 2014
As part of an enduring bipartisan effort and after years of advocacy by the environmental community, Congress passed the Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) and Hypoxia Research Control Amendment Act of 2014. This bill directs NOAA to research and devise a response plan to the potentially toxic blooms.
April 30 2014
One year after filing suit to open access to Martin’s Beach, a well-loved beach and surf spot south of Half Moon Bay, California, the Surfrider Foundation’s lawsuit is set for trial on Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m. PDT.