The California Coastal Commission, State Lands Commission, City of Marina, and CEMEX have reached a proposed settlement to end CEMEX's sand mining operations in Monterey County. The settlement, pending approval by the State Lands Commission and the Coastal Commission, provides a December 31, 2020 date for ending the sand extraction operations and interim operating conditions to protect public trust resources while the sand mining operation is phased out. Commission Chair press release.
The Commission issued a notice to CEMEX ordering them to comply with state law or cease their sand mining operations. Scientists conclude that the CEMEX Lapis mine, the last coastal sand mining operation in the nation, is contributing to the rapid erosion and disappearance of beaches along the Monterey coast.
The Commission unanimously opposed federal legislation that would increase the likelihood of marine invasive species introductions and water pollution in California by revoking the long-standing right of states to regulate their waters under the Clean Water Act and the National Invasive Species Act.
At its December 2016 meeting the Commission was updated on the status of negotiations to acquire a public access easement to and along Martins Beach near Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County. This staff appraisal was prepared for purposes of negotiating an easement to provide public access to Martins Beach.
The Commission adopted a resolution today supporting the Obama Administration's ban on new offshore drilling off the Pacific coast, signaling that it will take an active role in protecting California's coastline.
The agreement will ensure meaningful public participation, accountability, transparency, and a science-based process for adaptively managing ocean resources.
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The Commission is updating its environmental justice policy and is outreaching to environmental justice communities and to others to elicit input that will shape our revised policy.
Transparency in Government
- Seawater Desalination Project at Huntington Beach: Outfall / Intake Modifications and Lease Amendment - Notice of Public Review Time Extension (6/17)
- Chevron Long Wharf Maintenance and Efficiency Project - Addendum to MND (6/17)
- Becker and Legacy Wells Abandonment and Remediation Project – Draft EIR (5/17)
- All CEQA Documents