Multiple-Interest Problem Solving at Cascade Ranch

by Peter Grenell, State Coastal Conservancy, Oakland, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The State Coastal Conservancy successfully resolved a series of related coastal resource issues in the Cascade Ranch project in San Mateo County on the California coast. This project, now being implemented, demonstrates an effective, non-confrontational approach to solving multiple use coastal resource problems that characterizes much of the State Coastal Conservancy's work. At Cascade Ranch, the Coastal Conservancy worked with farmers and their representatives, three nonprofit organizations, state and local officials, and local legislative representatives over eighteen months to resolve development, park use, and agriculture conflicts and develop a workable financing scheme for the project. This resulted in preservation of prime farmlands and plans for augmenting water supplies, protection of over 3,300 acres for public recreational use, scenic and habitat areas, and provision for a range of overnight visitor accommodations.

Subject Headings: Project management | Agriculture | Sea water | Dispute resolution | Water-based recreation | Water conservation | Organizations | Legislation | California | United States

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