As urbanization encroaches along the nation’s coasts, 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 undamental question: Whose coast is it, anyway? Using California as an example, the one-hour, high-definition documentary takes an in-depth look at the many sides of the struggle. Environmental experts, coastal scientists, government representatives, community leaders, and property owners reveal the state’s history of tension between public vs. private coastal interests. The film examines the science of sea walls and their effect on beaches, while offering examples of both failed and successful attempts at coastal development.

Producers/Directors: Elizabeth Pepin & Christa Resing
A KQED Television Production
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