The coastline of California is a perfect case study into how to develop and not develop coastal environments. Poor planning, random design and a complete lack of forward planning, coupled with the pressure from developers, have resulted in developments that are unsuited to their environment. This program examines the impact of human activity on coastal areas through studies of four areas along the California coast. Using these case studies, harbour and beach creation and maintenance, erosion, water pollution, and wetlands preservation are investigated by experts in coastal management. The program is an excellent resource for all students of geography and environmental science.