The Save Trestles campaign focused on stopping a 6-lane toll road that would have cut through San Onofre State Beach, the Donna O'Neil Land Conservancy, sacred Native American sites and endanger San Mateo Creek Watershed. After a decade Surfrider and our partners prevailed in permanently protecting Trestles and San Onofre.

After more than a decade, five lawsuits, and countless public hearings, toll road developers concluded that they could not build their road as planned, so they reached out to the Save San Onofre Coalition (SSOC) to engage in challenging and productive negotiations to settle the lawsuits. This agreement settles five lawsuits brought by the SSOC and the California Attorney General and requires the toll road developers to rescind its 2006 approval of the so-called “Green Alignment” that would have run through San Onofre State Beach (SOSB) and its 2013 approval of its Tesoro Extension project, the first segment of the Foothill South.

The most significant and most hard-fought aspect of the settlement carves out “avoidance areas” that requires  toll road developers to refrain from building or funding a road project within an area that includes San Onofre State Beach, the Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy and other critical open space, wildlife habitat and cultural resources in the San Mateo Creek watershed. In addition to the avoidance areas, the settlement establishes a $28 million conservation fund to help preserve and restore San Mateo Creek and its watershed. Learn more

Relevant Posts & Updates

Trestles Saved Again

San Diego Regional Water Quality Board Rejects Orange County Toll Road Permits SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board today rebuffed the

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Save Trestles…Yet Again!

You won’t believe this, but we need your help to Save Trestles…yet again! Despite the road being rejected by both the California Coastal Commission and

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Save Trestles Forever!

Trestles and San Onofre need your help to persuade the Regional Water Quality Control Board to deny the TCA’s permit to build the first “segment”

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Save Trestles…Again?!

Do you remember in 2008 when the state and federal government denied the TCA’s toll road? Apparently the TCA doesn’t, because now they want to

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Trestles prevails with the Feds!

The Department of Commerce announced on December 18th 2008 that it would uphold the California Coastal Commission’s decision! The egregious project to build a toll road through San Onofre State Beach is officially illegal under state and Federal law!

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Our chapter maintains two volunteer-led committees dedicated to issues related to the preservation of our coast. You can learn more about them by clicking below, or start HERE to get some background on Surfrider’s Coastal Preservation Initiative