2012 Beach Cleanups: 4,308 volunteers collected 7,594 lbs of trash.
2012 City of Solana Beach adopts a plastic bag ban! Read more.
2012 Surfrider San Diego was appointed to the City of San Diego Comprehensive Water Policy Implementation Task Force.
2012 San Diego Chapter is recognized for their role in advocating for Indirect Potable Reuse and was asked speak at the UCLA Southern California Future of Water Conference and to a State Assembly Committee in Sacramento.
2012 Our film, The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water, becomes part of the curriculum in Professional Certificate in Water Management and Landscape Sustainability Online, SDSU.
2012 After a 16 year long campaign to ensure that seawalls along Solana Beach were properly mitigated, the Coastal Commission approved the City of Solana Beach’s Land Use Plan that include a 20-year review of seawall permits and also set an 18 month timeline for the City to finalize their study to determine land lease and mitigation fees that ensure the public is properly compensated for the lost of public sandy beach.
2012 Recycled Water Study is completed and accepted by the City of San Diego. This study is a key step in moving toward Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR), and details the costs and benefits of implementing 100 mgd (million gallons a day) of IPR to offload the wastewater being discharged off of Point Loma.
2011 Beach Cleanups: 3,619 volunteers collected 5,474 lbs trash.
2011 Successfully advocated for three Low Impact Development (LID) additions to Point Loma Nazarene University’s plans to deal with run-off.
2011 Successfully launched a new scientific Surf Monitoring Program. This study is one of the first of its kind, and will help coastal managers move away from relying on anecdotal information about surfing resources.
2011 Successfully advocated for the Solana Beach City Council to add language to “keep public land public” to their draft Local Coastal Plan before submission to the California Coastal Commission. This important distinction is crucial in maintaining and protecting public land (i.e. beaches and bluffs).
2011 Successfully advocated for a reduced amount of sand for Regional Beach Sand Project II (RBSP II). The California Coastal Commission also agreed with our suggestion to require surf spot monitoring as part of the Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for RBSPII.
2010 Beach Cleanups: 4,274 volunteers collected 7,782 lbs trash.
2010 Surfrider was selected to participate in an Integrated Water Management grant (Prop 84) with strategic partners such as the County Water Authority, the City of San Diego, and the County of San Diego, among others to implement a sustainable landscapes program and move toward integrated water management.
2009 Beach Cleanups: 4,611 volunteers collected 7,389 lbs trash.
2009 Successfully brought the bi-national stakeholders together and formed the Tijuana River Action Network. Read more.
2009 Creation of the award winning Cycle of Insanity short film. Read more.
2008 Beach Cleanups: 3,664 volunteers collected 5,152 lbs trash.
2008 City of San Diego Urban Runoff Management: Restrictions on Residential Over-Watering . Read more.
2007 Beach Cleanups: 2,809 volunteers collected 4,981 lbs trash.
2007 A local chapter activist was selected to go on the Jack Johnson concert tour to promote the Rise Above Plastics Campaign.
2007 San Diego City Council approved a resolution authorizing the beginning steps of an Indirect Potable Re-Use (IPR) project in San Diego, then the Mayor vetoed their vote, but the City Council sided with environmentalists and successfully overturned a veto for the first time ever! Read more.
2007 San Diego Regional Municipal Stormwater Permit: Surfrider and its partners were successful in strengthening various controls on construction, industrial, municipal, commercial, and residential urban runoff discharges. Of particular interest to Surfrider, the new permit contains a requirement that local jurisdictions develop comprehensive regulations for Low Impact Development (LID) and runoff-sensitive site design standards. Read more.
2007 Surfrider Foundation won lawsuit against the City of Solana Beach regarding seawalls! Read more.
Since 2007 approximately 150 ashcans have been installed in San Diego County, with a 65% reduction in cigarette butt litter in areas where the ashcans have been installed. Read more.
2001-2007 Surfrider v. City of San Diego litigation results in an 80% reduction in sewage spills! Read more.
2006 City of San Diego passed a ban on smoking on all public beaches and parks! Read more.