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November 21, 2013

WILDCOAST and Partners Launch Tool to Protect the California Coast

WILDCOAST, Surfrider Foundation and Environment California Announce Coastal Commission Participation Tool


Today, the WILDCOAST, Surfrider Foundation and Environment California launch ActCoastal, the citizen engagement campaign as part of the California Coast Accountability Project.

ActCoastal will empower millions of Californians who support coastal protection to engage effectively with the California Coastal Commission and have a voice in important decisions that matter to them and to the future of the state.   The California Coastal Commission is mandated under state law to protect the California coast and to ensure that everyone can access and enjoy it.

The campaign will monitor and report on recent and pending actions before the Coastal Commission and will publish a monthly scorecard as well and an annual vote chart. The Commission manages some of the most valued and visited coastline on the planet. ActCoastal hopes to shed light on how Commission votes directly impact coastal resources, public access, and can set statewide precedent,” said Stefanie Sekich-Quinn of Surfrider Foundation.      

The ActCoastal campaign will provide tools to engage the public in the Commission’s actions and decision-making.       “Another goal of ActCoastal is to encourage diverse communities, who might be presently under-represented, to get more involved.   We are engaging environmental justice organizations to represent all communities that make up California,” said Zach Plopper of WILDCOAST.

“The Coastal Commission reviews up to 1,000 projects a year.  However, ActCoastal will focus on projects that uphold the vision and legacy of the California Coastal Act’s goals to protect public access and coastal resources for current and future generations,” concluded Nathan Weaver of Environment California.