Commission Votes to Protect One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers
Wiping Out a Bad Idea at San Mateo CreekFebruary 7th, 2008
Garrett Russo, American Rivers, (202) 423-9494
Washington, DC — Californians don’t want a new place to get stuck in traffic. That was the overwhelming message voiced by thousands of residents to the California Coastal Commission, as they joined together against a proposed toll road, whose construction would destroy San Onofre State Park. San Onofre houses the San Mateo Creek which was named by American Rivers as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ in 2007. The creek feeds Trestles, often dubbed “the Yosemite of Surfing” for its clear water and perfect waves.
Below is a statement from Rebecca Wodder, President of America Rivers:
“Common sense and logic have won out over lunacy. The idea to build a 16 mile, 875 million dollar road through one of the most popular state parks in California was hair-brained from the first day it was conceived. In the end the California Coastal Commission was able to see through the smoke screen created by developers and others, and saw this project for what it was: a wasteful endeavor that would destroy a thriving river, and a world class surfing break.
More than three thousand people came out to raise their voice and commissioners listened to them, for more than 12 hours. Residents spoke in one clear voice; they don’t want a new place to get stuck in traffic, but rather a beautiful creek, a spectacular state park, and one of the best places to surf on the planet. The road isn’t dead yet, but it will be soon, and I look forward to the day where we can all talk about a crazy idea like the FTC-South, in the past tense.”