Tuesday (April 26, 2016), the USACE submitted to Congress a "Chief's Report," which is necessary for the projects to be funded and constructed beyond engineering and design. Congress authorized studies of the Encinitas project in 1993 and the Solana Beach project in 1999 and the studies were funded in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act (WRDA) of 2000.
The Encinitas project includes the construction of a 50-foot-wide beach along a 7,800-foot-long stretch of shoreline using 340,000 c.y. of sand, with renourishment every five years with approximately 220,000 c.y. of sand over a 50-year period. for a total of nine additional projects.
The Solana Beach project includes construction of a 150-foot-wide beach along a 7,200-foot-long stretch of shoreline using 700,000 c.y. of sand, with renourishment 10 years, with approximately 290,000 cubic yards of sand over a 50-year period for a total of four additional projects. nourishments.
Material for the projects will be dredged from a borrow site identified off the coast of San Diego County. Physical monitoring of the performance of the project will be required annually throughout the 50-year period of federal participation.
The projects will provide coastal storm damage reduction and maintain existing recreational beaches in the two cities. Next up: obtaining construction funds from Congress - hopefully in WRDA 2016 - a version of which was passed by the U.S. Senate this week.
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The most controversial article is about a lawsuit the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a property rights non-profit law firm, has brought on behalf of a San Clemente homeowner who is challenging a coastal development permit condition that prevents him from repairing a seawall that existed before he replaced a beachfront mobile home with a new one. The condition is often included in CDPs issued for beachfront or bluff top development up and down the coast, but PLF argues that, among other things, the permit condition violates Coastal Act section 30235, which gives its client and other oceanfront property owners the right to safeguard their property with a seawall or other protective device when required to "protect property from erosion and storms". Click here for more information about the lawsuit, including a copy of the petition and supporting documentation.
- California water agencies to urge regulators to ease drought restrictions
- Extreme and exceptional drought decline in California
- Congressman Rohrabacher now sees foe in longtime friend Scott Baugh
- Op-Ed: Is the California drought America's water wake-up call?
- Marin OKs coastal program amid disagreement with state staff
- Measure X passes but hotel still faces hurdles
- West Coast fisheries are at risk as climate change disturbs the ocean's chemistry
- Online System Launched to Help Californians Report Environmental Problems
Say Goodbye, Shamu: It was going to take a
"really huge" announcement to interrupt the 24/7 media fixation with all
things Trump and the parent company of SeaWorld delivered yesterday,
announcing that it would no longer breed orcas at any of its theme parks
and that orca shows at the parks would be phased out. SeaWorld's stock
and park attendance have taken a beating since the release of
"Blackfish," a 2013 documentary that exposed a variety of dangers to
orcas and their trainers from SeaWorld's theatrical shows. California
played a major role in SeaWorld's decline and yesterday's decision. Two
years ago, Assembly Member Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, introduced legislation that
would have ended captive breeding and orca performances at in
California. The bill died in committee, but Assembly Member Bloom announced yesterday
that he will re-introduce his bill to codify what SeaWorld has said it
will do. In addition, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, has authored
legislation to phase out the captivity of orcas and a few months ago the
Coastal Commission issued a permit to SeaWorld for the expansion of its
orca tanks in San Diego as long as the company ended its captive
breeding program. SeaWorld plans to replace its theatrical shows with
"natural orca encounters," starting in San Diego next year, then in San
Antonio and Orlando in 2019.
Congrats to the City of Santa Cruz: The city's Beach Area Roundabouts Project was named Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project from the League of California Cities. The award recognizes the project's exceptional achievements to preserve and protect the public's investment in local street and road systems with the construction of two roundabouts at complicated beach intersections.
New Era for the CCC - The California Coastal
Commission (CCC) on Wednesday held its first meeting after Charles
Lester was ousted as executive director (ED). Lester is on leave, but
he's still a CCC employee and he will be reassigned to a position with
the CCC in some capacity. During Wednesday's meeting the CCC appointed
an interim ED and discussed the hiring process for a new ED. On an 11-1
vote, the CCC appointed Senior Deputy Director Jack Ainsworth, a 27-year
veteran of the CCC, as interim ED. Commissioner Uranga opposed the
motion, stating that to be fair to future applicants he felt Ainsworth
should step down if and when he decided to apply for the permanent
position. Commissioners discussed the process for hiring a new ED, but
no action will be taken on that issue until next month. Some
commissioners called for a subcommittee of the agency to be involved in
the hiring process, while others were opposed to that idea. In addition,
commissioners wrestled with issues such as criteria for the new ED and
how to involve the public in the hiring process. Options discussed
included the formation of an advisory committee comprised of coastal
stakeholders or holding public meetings up and down the coast. The CCC
will issue an RFP for an executive search firm. It is estimated that the
search for a new ED could take eight months or more at a cost of
New Bill Would Require CCC Staff to Report Communications - The firing of the CCC's executive director has spawned another bill (in addition to AB 2002) designed to increase transparency in the way the CCC works. Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) has introduced AB 2658 which would require CCC staff to report ex parte communications in writing. The bill would also require that testimony given at a hearing or other official proceeding of the CCC and written comments for the record on a matter before the commission be promptly posted on the commission's website to allow for public comment. The bill has been assigned to the Natural Resources Committee where it may be heard on March 22.
New Bill Would Add Three Members to CCC - The issue of diversity was discussed at length during last month's CCC meeting. To address this issue, Assemblymember Burke has introduced AB 2616 which would require that three representatives who work with communities in the state that are most burdened by high levels of pollution and issues of environmental justice, as defined in the Government
Code, including, but not limited to, communities with diverse racial and ethnic populations and communities with low-income populations. The Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules, and
the Speaker of the Assembly shall each appoint one of these members. The bill has been assigned to the Natural Resources Committee where it may be heard on March 22.