A recent article in The New York Times reported on the continuing battle between environmental activists and developers over a proposed toll road near Trestles beach.

The 16-mile toll road would run through San Onofre State Beach, connecting State Route 241 with Interstate 5 at Camp Pendleton.

According to the Times:

Work on the road was scheduled to begin in 2008 and expected to cost $875 million, but the project has been pushed back to 2011 because of regulatory hurdles. And in May the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the National Defense Act that forces the Transportation Corridor Agencies, the group that would build the toll road, to comply with state and federal environmental laws. It had previously been exempt.

Local organizations such as the Sierra Club and the Surfrider Foundation have criticized the project because of possible urban runoff and sediment flow restriction they say will pollute the water quality and wave formation at the world-renowned surfbreak.

SUSAN GRANT

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