No Day at the Beach: Sea Level Rise, Ecosystem Loss, and Public Access Along the California Coast

Publication Name: 
Ecology Law Quarterly
Publication Date: 
July, 2007

Margaret Caldwell, Craig Segall 

The sea is rising. All along the  hundreds of miles of the California coast, global warming will cause higher water, more powerful storms, and increased coastal erosion.  The California Coastal Commission and its predecessor regional commissions have worked to protect the state’s coastal resources since the Commission’s creation by voter initiative in 1972 and formalization in the California Coastal Act of 1976. Climate change–induced sea level rise presents the Commission—and all those who use and value the state’s coastal resources—with a stark new set of challenges.