The California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast) is a non-profit advocacy group comprised of 35 coastal cities; five counties; SANDAG, BEACON and SCAG; private sector partners and NGOs, committed to protecting and restoring California’s coastline through beach sand restoration, increasing the flow of natural sediment to the coast, wetlands recovery, improved water quality, watershed management and the reduction of marine debris and plastic pollution.
CalCoast has sponsored or supported legislation, budget requests and bond measures (Propositions 12, 13, 40, 50 and 84) that have raised billions of dollars in state and federal funding for beaches, wetlands, clean water and parks. In 1999, we sponsored the California Public Beach Restoration Act (AB 64-Ducheny), which created the state’s first fund for beach nourishment projects.
• Advocate in Sacramento for coastal communities and coastal stakeholders by maintaining existing programs and creating new ones through policies and legislation.
• Support polices and programs which promote the preservation, protection, and restoration of California’s watersheds, wetlands, coastline and ocean.
• Spread awareness of the importance of well maintained coastal resources to state and local economies, recreation, habitat for endangered species, and quality of life.
• Serve as a liaison and information clearinghouse for coastal cities and counties and regional governance agencies, such as SANDAG, SCAG, BEACON, AMBAG and ABAG, as well as coastal NGOs.
• Collaborate with advocacy and technical partners, such as the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association (CSBPA), the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), Environment California, the Planning and Conservation League (PCL), the California League of Conservation Voters (CLVC), Surfrider Foundation, and other NGOs on legislation of importance to the environment.
• Committed to providing a cutting-edge forum for coast and ocean science and policy through the annual “Headwaters to Ocean (H2O) Conference.”
CalCoast is a member of
- The CSMW facilitates regional approaches to protecting, enhancing and restoring California’s coastal beaches and watersheds through federal, state and local cooperative efforts.
- Green California, an informal coalition of NGOs formed several years ago by the California League of Conservation Voters to work together on ocean, coast and other environmental issues in Sacramento.
- The Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (WRP), a partnership of public agencies working cooperatively to acquire, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands and watersheds between Point Conception and the International border with Mexico.
- The Clean Seas Coalition, which is a loose organization of NGOs working on the reduction of marine debris and plastic pollution.
- The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), which was founded in 1926 to restore beaches and coastal areas.