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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

State Lagoon Project Opponents Keep Up Efforts to Raise Funds for a Court Fight


Opponents of the State Parks’ plan to drain, dredge and re-contour the western portion of the Malibu Lagoon have announced a second “Save the Malibu Lagoon” event.
Last month, the opponents’ first public gathering reportedly attracted more than 300 protesters of the project.
State agency officials have largely stayed out of the fray, letting the case for the restoration project be defended by a handful of citizens while the Save Malibu Lagoon organizers say that the groundswell of grassroots opposition continues to grow.
Opponents of the plan, spearheaded by the Wetlands Defense Fund and Access for All, have filed a lawsuit to stop the project, which is currently scheduled to break ground in June.
Agency proponents, who have successfully obtained all of the required permits for the project, say it is estimated to cost $7 million, and will correct design flaws in the 1983 lagoon restoration that have led to areas with low levels of dissolved oxygen that can cause organism die-off.
Opponents of the plan say that the project will destroy rather than preserve the wetland’s wildlife, permanently impacting many species, and that it has the potential to negatively impact the world-famous surf break.
Access advocates criticize the planned removal of the current beach access, which crosses the lagoon in a direct line to the beach, using a series of wooden bridges, while businesses in the Civic Center area and some city council members have begun to express concern that the massive earthmoving operation will impact traffic and tourism during the peak summer season.
“Malibu Lagoon is thriving with life and the only way it will remain that way is by stopping the bulldozers this June,” an announcement for the event states.
The rally-fundraiser will be held on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Duke’s Malibu Restaurant, 21150 PCH. The evening will feature a complimentary taco bar and a silent auction. The Chris Stills Band will perform.
The organizers are requesting a $20 donation. More information is available at The complete text of the state’s Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project is available online at

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