One-Hour, High-Definition Documentary and Companion Public Radio Series Look at California's Coastal Conflicts (available on DVD--see below)
"Let's go to the beach" has always been an entitlement of California living, with 80 percent of Californians living within 30 miles of the water's edge. But as urbanization continues to encroach on the 1,100-mile-long coast, our shoreline has come under siege. Development is swallowing up miles of coastline; access to beaches is being cut off; and seawalls may be causing beaches to disappear. A battle is raging around the fundamental question: Whose coast is it, anyway?
Coastal Clash, a one-hour, high-definition documentary produced by KQED Public Television, takes an in-depth look at the many sides of the struggle for California's shores. It premiered on Friday, November 12, 2004 on KQED Public Television 9 San Francisco, and subsequently on many California and national public TV stations. The DVD was released in 2005.
Many Californians believe that the passage of the Coastal Act in 1976 and the subsequent creation of the California Coastal Commission and California Coastal Conservancy effectively saved the coastline for its citizens. But despite the fact that California leads the nation in its protection and management of coastal resources, few locations in the United States rival California for its constant, intense pressure for development or for the politics that plague the operations of the California Coastal Commission.Coastal Clash travels the California coastline and introduces representatives from all sides of the issue. Environmental experts, coastal scientists, government representatives, community leaders and property owners reveal the state's history of tension between public vs. private coastal interests, examine the science of sea walls and their effect on beaches and offer examples of both failed and successful attempts at coastal development.
KQED Public Radio's statewide news program, The California Report, produced a companion series of four features about California's coastal access, the history and future of the California Coastal Commission, coastal development, and the impact of dams on beaches. These stories were broadcast each Friday morning from October 22 through November 12 prior to the premiere of Coastal Clash. They also streamed online as part of The California Report and are archived on the Web sites for The California Report.
KQED's Coastal Clash web site explores the history of California coastal development, providing background to some of the stories covered on the air and providing Web-exclusive items. It also allows one to stream the music, provides a photo documentary of the coast and teacher's resources.