South Orange County Chapter

Surfrider South Orange County Chapter



Rise Above PlasticsThere is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Within it, 100 million tons of plastic swirl in a vortex of currents. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one!

This plastic ends up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals. In fact, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die globally each year due to ingestion of or entanglement in plastics.

Plastic is forever, with virtually every piece of petroleum based plastic ever made still in existence. That’s why it’s so critical to our oceans and beaches that we dramatically reduce our use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, starting today.

You can make a difference for our world’s oceans, waves and beaches — pledge to rise above plastics today.

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Mid StrandsOn Monday, March 22, 2010 the Dana Point City Council voted to maintain limited public access hours to the mid-Strands Vista gated accessway between 8am-5pm. South Orange County Surfrider supports the California Coastal Commission’s view that these hours are unnecessarily strict and violate the California Coastal Act.

Additionally, our chapter finds the city report used to declare a public nuisance at the Stands Vista Park does not indicate how this access is more dangerous than any other and contains demonstrably erroneous and misleading information.

Some believe the council is under the sway of developers who wish to make this area a private beach for wealthy property owners. South Orange County Surfrider intends to pursue this issue until beach access at Strands Vista Park follows guidelines established by the California Coastal Commission.

In the meantime, we urge Dana Point residents to voice their opposition to limited access hours by contacting council members directly.



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Culiminating several years of activisim and outreach by Surfrider, concerned citizens, and other grassroots organizations, The TCA’s effort to build a toll road through Trestles and San Onofre State Park was thwarted on Dec 18, 2008 when the Federal government (via the Secretary of Commerce), deemed the road inconsistent with environmental laws.

Surfrider continues to keep an eye our Park and surrounding watershed. We are steadfast in our belief that a toll road doesn’t belong in a watershed that contains a popular park, sacred Native American sites, and some of the last open space we have in Southern California!

We continue to attend the TCA’s public board meetings and we are present at any regulatory meetings the TCA goes to. Rest assured, Surfrider and our Coalition partners (CA State Parks Foundation, NRDC, Sierra Club, Endangered Habitat League and others) will make sure our Park and watershed remains intact.

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Runoff from residential landscapes affects the quality of our oceans and the quality of our lives. The sediment in water reduces clarity; nutrients increase algae populations and red tides; bacteria close beaches; debris can choke and suffocate aquatic species; and pesticides picked up off a landscape can poison fish consumed by humans — all of which degrade the natural beauty, and our enjoyment, of the ocean.

The good news is that you can help bring back healthy coasts and oceans though CPR© — Conservation, Permeability and Retention. It’s a way for all of us to design and maintain our gardens so that we can reduce urban runoff — and the pollutants that go with it.

The South Orange County chapter will be hosting multiple workshops in our area for you to learn how to plant an Ocean Friendly Garden. See our events calendar or subscribe to our newsletter for more information about our next event.

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The Respect the Beach Program conducts various educational programs including K-8 classroom talks, public outreach, and various educational appearances by Surfrider volunteers. If you would like to host a Respect The Beach presentation at your group meeting or classroom, contact Niki Wilson.