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Welcome to ActCoastal, the California Coast Accountability Project. ActCoastal is a campaign to protect California’s coast by bringing transparency and accountability to the actions of the California Coastal Commission.

2018 California Coastal Commission Conservation Report Card

Using the Coastal Act as a guide, the 2018 California Coastal Commission Conservation Report Card ranks the voting record of each Coastal Commissioner on the most significant permit applications and enforcement actions considered by the Commission throughout the year.

November 2019 Hearing Description

The Coastal Commission’s November hearing took place in Half Moon Bay at the Oceano Hotel and Spa on Wednesday, Nov. 13 through Friday, Nov. 15. A number of controversial items dominated the agenda over the three days of hearings with the California American Water Co. Monterey desalination project being at the top of that list. The meeting resulted in two vote charts. The first is the proposed permit extension for the Ocean View Plaza Cannery Row development. The permit extension, which includes a desalination plant, was denied due to changed circumstances including new desalination regulations and the need for coastal hazard sea level rise analysis. Read the full Ocean View Plaza vote chart here. The second is the City of Pacific Grove Local Coastal Program update. The update was certified with staff’s modifications but failed to incorporate suggestions made by ActCoastal partners. Read the full Pacific Grove vote chart here.

Check out our YouTube channel to see ActCoastal partner testimony.

Cal Am Desal

An informational hearing took place on Thursday for the proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project (MPWSP). The project is a desalination plant and distribution components that would provide 6.4 million gallons of potable water per day to Monterey County. The staff recommendation was for denial due to the availability of less environmentally impactful alternatives. The staff report cites that the expansion of the region’s waste water recycling project, Pure Water Monterey, could negate the need for a desalination plant. The Commission heard over eight hours of public comment on this informational item. Many residents voiced their concerns regarding the impacts of the proposed plants and the lack of need. Due to the controversial nature of this item, the Commission opted for a two-part hearing; the action item when Commissioners will vote is expected to be held in March 2020. For more information, check out the staff report here.

Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Announced

In early January, the Trump administration released a proposal to expand oil drilling in 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf States and environmental groups have been quick to respond with outrage. Visit Protect the Pacific for details and ways to take action now!

You can follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, too! As ever, thanks for your support and dedication to access, open space protection and coastal preservation! Please let us know of your coastal concerns – we must all work together to #SaveOurCoast!

ActCoastal Blog

October 2019 Hearing Report21 November 2019
September 2019 Hearing Report21 September 2019
August 2019 Hearing Report20 September 2019
July 2019 Hearing Report15 August 2019
June Hearing Report 201925 July 2019
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