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The Commission is scheduled to consider certifying the EIR and to consider the Seawater Desalination Project at Huntington Beach: Outfall / Intake Modifications and Lease Amendment Project at its October 19, 2017 meeting.

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The Commission issued a declaration of interest in the efforts announced by the Cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista, and the Port of San Diego, to address Tijuana River pollution that has caused human health problems, threatened local economies, and damaged the environment.

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The Commission staff is excited to announce the completion of a draft public access guide to California's navigable waters. California is known for its unique waterbodies and the abundant recreation opportunities they support, such as kayaking the tranquil waters of Mono Lake, fishing in Lake Tahoe, sailing in San Francisco Bay, rafting the whitewater rapids of the American River, or surfing the powerful Pacific Ocean waves. The public's legal rights to access these and other navigable waters, however, are often misunderstood. Through this guide, the Commission seeks to provide an enhanced understanding of the public's rights to access and use California's navigable waters. The Commission staff invites you to review this guide and submit comments, by October 25th, 2017, to Patrick Huber at CSLC.PublicAccess@slc.ca.gov or 100 Howe Avenue Suite 100-S, Sacramento, CA 95825. After incorporating public input, staff will present the final draft to the Commission for consideration and approval at its November 2017 meeting.

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The Commission selected Beacon West Energy Group as its contractor to operate and maintain Platform Holly and the Ellwood Onshore Facility for the purposes of plugging and abandoning the 32 wells on Platform Holly and the Ellwood Beach Pier. On September 15, 2017, Beacon West, under the Commission's oversight, took over day-to-day management of Platform Holly and the Ellwood Facility.

Photo of Summerland Oil Field in 2009 by Antandrus at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Over the past few years, the Commission has fought to secure dedicated funding to properly abandon the Becker well and other leaking wells near the coastline in Southern California. The Commission voted to take a critical step to remedy leaking oil wells at Summerland Beach in Santa Barbara County.
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The Commission voted unanimously to approve an historic four-way settlement agreement with CEMEX that ends coastal sand mining in Monterey County and in the continental United States. The Commission's approval sets in motion the process that will end sand mining at this location and preserve the beach and restore public access.
Photo of Martin's Beach by T. Shaulinka, CSLC staff
At its December 2016 meeting the Commission was updated on the status of negotiations to acquire a public access easement to and along Martins Beach near Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County. This staff appraisal was prepared for purposes of negotiating an easement to provide public access to Martins Beach.

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The Commission is updating its environmental justice policy and is outreaching to environmental justice communities and to others to elicit input that will shape our revised policy.

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