Resolution on the Restoration of Malibu Lagoon

WHEREAS, the State of California has used public funds to fund the “restoration” of Malibu Lagoon to begin starting June 1, 2012, and a primary reason for undertaking the project was to eliminate pollution allegedly caused by human fecal waste and high bacteria counts, and

WHEREAS, numerous conditions have changed since the 2006 EIR, including upgrades of onsite wastewater treatment systems and enforcement of Tapia wastewater discharge allowances and there are less destructive alternatives which might be pursued to accomplish the desired result; and

WHEREAS, the destruction of the Lagoon will have the following impacts:

  • Endangered species, including the Tidewater Goby fish and the California Least Tern, will be killed or dispossessed of their habitats;
  • According to the EIR the dredging itself will lead to a decrease in water quality and may uncover septic system leach fields, possibly leading to pollution in the Lagoon;
  • 88,000+ cubic yards of Lagoon soils will be bulldozed out, some carted away at the rate of one truckload per hour, with resulting disruption of PCH traffic during Malibu’s summer tourist season;
  • Beach access will be made more difficult for the public by the elimination of three bridges which currently allow for close up nature observation;
  • The Third Point waves, a world-famous surfing spot, could be altered by dredging work and resulting interaction with the ocean; and
  • The project will continue during the summer tourist season for an unspecified period which negatively impacts local businesses.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges John Laird, California Resources Agency Secretary to place the Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project on hold until further studies, including a new EIR, are completed regarding whether the Lagoon destruction is necessary,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party sends copy of this resolution to Secretary Laird, Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblymember Julia Brownley, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and to the media.

Submitted by Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains

Passed by the LACDP Resolutions Committee 4/3/12

Passed by LACDP 4/10/12

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