1991 – Chapter formed.
1991 – First “Paddle For Clean Water” organized by Gary Sirota and Donna Frye.
1996 – Paddle For Clean Water gains national attention as it is held during the Republican National Convention and receives extensive media coverage.
2002 – Surfrider challenged the issuance of a waiver for the City of San Diego that would allow them to continue discharging sewage from the Point Loma Treatment Plant only treated to advanced primary standards. This case was settled and that settlement resulted in three studies, which gathered much needed data and now play a pivotal role in policy decisions relating to wastewater discharge.
2003 – First “Hold On To Your Butt” Day held in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.
2005 – “Rise Above Plastics” campaign started in San Diego by Scott Harrison.
2006 – First “Hold On To Your Butt” ashcan program rolled out in Ocean Beach in response to the beach smoking bans.
2007 – Surfrider and San Diego Coastkeeper won suit against City of San Diego for chronic sewage spills; City was forced to invest almost $1 billion in its sewage infrastructure through 2013.
2007 – San Diego City Council passed a motion it initiate the implementation of Indirect Potable Re-Use (IPR) in San Diego. Mayor Jerry Sanders vetoed the City Council’s motion; however, for the first time ever the City Council over-turned the Mayor’s veto on a major decision.
2007 – Surfrider and San Diego Coastkeeper supported the passage of the 2007 Municipal Stormwater Permit for the City of San Diego. Included in the permit were provisions for Low Impact Development and site design standards. These types of provisions are some of the most effective ways to reduce future urban runoff. Stricter stormwater permits translate into cleaner water.
2007 – In 2001, Surfrider and Cal Beach Advocates sued the city of Solana Beach over the way they permitted seawalls. Many bluff-top homeowners were waiting for dire circumstances and applying for emergency permits in order to avoid the CEQA process. This case was settled, resulting in a mitigation policy which accounts for recreational and biological resources; in other words, surfing resources are now taken into account. All residents will be put on notice that the bluff is in fact collapsing.
2008 – At the request of Surfrider and San Diego Coastkeeper, a stakeholder process (a chance for public comment) and a residential over-watering ordinance were added to San Diego’s Jurisdictional Urban Run-off Management Plan (JURMP). This addition was monumental in that it made residential over-watering illegal. A reduction in over-watering will lead to less urban-runoff, which means cleaner oceans, waves and beaches!
2008 – “Know Your H2O” program started in San Diego by Belinda Smith.