- 21 June 2013 | Surfing
The pristine waves of Trestles, in California, have been saved from the toll road which would destroy the local surfing sanctuary. The Regional Water Quality Control Board blocked the 5.5 miles of concrete.
Surfrider Foundation, environmental activists and the entire surfing community have reasons to celebrate. Trestles is safe, again and for now.
"We are elated that the Board soundly rejected the Transportation Corridor Agencies' application. They clearly understood the severe the implications of building the first 5 miles of the road", explains Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, policy manager at Surfrider Foundation California.
The project, which was proposed in 2011 just three years after the California Coastal Commission and the Bush Administration shot down the original alignment through San Onofre State Park, calls for the extension of SR-241 to be built in "segments" - five miles at a time.
"Segmenting" is illegal under state and federal law. Not only did the TCA's proposed plan circumvent important laws, this approach made absolutely no planning sense as it would have created a "cul-de-sac of traffic" for San Juan Capistrano, and end at a road that is not even built yet.
"This section of the road would have set the stage to reinvigorate their push to extend all the way to Trestles and San Onofre State Beach. Hopefully the TCA will finally get the picture that their plans are neither appropriate for our coastal watersheds nor in the interests of the region or state", added Mark Rauscher, coastal preservation manager at Surfrider Foundation.