California Management of Coastal Environmental Issues – A Primer
Posted on 11 September 2021
By Everette Phillips
Worried about a coastal issue? Confused about who has authority? The various Conservation Committee entities are a great resource. For coastal issues in LA and Orange Counties, it is important to start learning about the Coastal Act, Coastal Commission, and Coastal Conservancy. Where to start? Here is a quick primer:
The California Coastal Commission was created from a law in the 1970s that we commonly refer to as the “Coastal Act”. This law outlines lands along the coast influenced by tides and under the jurisdiction of the Coastal Commission. Although the Coastal Act is important for protecting important habitats, its main purpose is to prioritize coastal use and development while preserving aspects and rights for all Californians, even those living far from the ocean.
Last year’s article on the Coastal Commission in the Southern Sierran by Eric Yoon is still relevant and worthy of a read. Due to COVID19, the Coastal Commission meetings are still virtual. You can review the Coastal Commission September agenda is here.
If you have more questions, search our website, or join our monthly Conservation Committee meeting and ask questions. There are many people who want to help you.
Cover photo: Laguna Beach, CA Joshua Sukoff via unsplash
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