Once again, our beautiful beaches at Trestles and San Onofre are coming under development pressure. Last time, it was Marine housing at San Mateo Point. This time, they want to build the Foothill Tollroad right along San Mateo Creek (which empties into the state park). Although it’s proposed for the farthest north point in San Diego County (and closer to the San Clemente Surfrider chapter), this is a project we need to fight from all sides.[IMAGE 1]
The proposed Foothill tollroad, through some of Orange and San Diego Counties’ most pristine wildlife habitat, will be the subject of “scoping hearings” to solicit input on the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. This road is certainly one of the most environmentally damaging highways on planet Earth, impacting seven federally listed species and wiping out San Onofre State Beach on Camp Pendleton Marine Base.
It would bisect intact landscapes in southern Orange County and northern San Diego County. The survival of the California gnatcatcher, Pacific pocket mouse, steelhead trout, and arroyo toad are all at stake.
The meetings are conducted by the Federal Highway Administration and the Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA), the applicant.
It is important to strongly OPPOSE the project at the hearings, to order to demonstrate public opposition. Also, request that impacts to endangered species, water quality, parks, and growth inducement be fully addressed. Ask that smart transportation alternatives to the tollroad be developed and adopted, instead of building this destructive, sprawl-inducing highway.
The primary San Diego County hearing will be this Thursday, March 29, in Oceanside at Mission San Luis Rey, 4070 Mission Avenue from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
-Marco GonzalezChairmanSan Diego Surfrider Foundation