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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Comment Period for Broad Beach Project Is Extended

•  State Lands Commission Postpones Taking Action on Item Until 2013

BY BILL KOENEKER

The comment period for the proposed Broad Beach Restoration Project has been extended by the California State Lands Commission staff until Friday, Dec. 21. All written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Dec. 21, according to the state agency’s website.
The comment period has been extended, according to the staff, because the commission will not be considering or taking action at the Dec. 5 meeting and because some of the public requested additional time to submit comments on the staff's analysis in a report called Impacts to Public Trust Resources and Values.
Written comments on the APTR should be sent to Jason Ramos, c/o California State Lands Commission, 100 Howe Ave., Suite 100-South, Sacramento, CA 95825 or emailed to Jason.Ramos@slc.ca.gov.
“You are encouraged to submit electronic copies of your written comments. If written comments are submitted via email, please write the following in the subject line of your email: Broad Beach Restoration Project Comments,” the public notice states.
The CSLC staff anticipates that the project may be considered at a scheduled meeting of the commission in early 2013. The specific time and location will be posted on the state agency's website at www.slc.ca.gov. when specific meeting information becomes available. The document may also be viewed electronically, in PDF format, on the website also.
The commission staff met recently at Malibu City Hall. The hearing was about the staff's analysis of the restoration project, proposed by the Broad Beach Geological Hazard Abatement District, which is the project applicant representing 114 homes, spanning from Lechuza Point to Trancas Creek.
If the applicant’s request is authorized, the commission “would allow the Broad Beach GHAD to implement a shoreline protection plan along Broad Beach for a period of up to 20 years, consisting of 1) initial beach nourishment; 2) dune creation and habitat restoration; 3) annual or biannual sand ‘backpassing’ to prolong nourishment; 4) authorizing the existing rock revetment buried under restored dunes and 5) one additional major renourishment event.
Some environmental groups wanted more information on how the project could impact the surf and wildlife.
Representatives from Heal the Bay, Surfrider Foundation and others wanted more details on the project.
The beach nourishment comes from dredging fine-grained sand from offshore of Broad Beach and transport of sand via slurry pipeline for discharge into training dikes and placement within the boundaries of the restored dune area, burying the existing revetment.
“The applicant has identified central Trancas offshore of Broad Beach as the site best suited for a fine-grained, dune renourishment sand source site. Dune sand would be dredged from an existing deposit of fine-grained sand located in a water depth range between 45 and 60 feet, approximately 0.25 mile offshore of the eastern segment of Broad Beach and Trancas Creek.
This existing sediment deposit stretches from approximately 3.4 mile along the coast from Lechuza Point east to Point Dume is roughly one mile wide,” the commission report states.
Just this week the commission staff was notified that the GHAD is no longer considering using sand from offshore of Manhattan Beach, whose city council had opposed any kind of dredging operations.
The State Lands Commission notice calls for an alternative onshore sand source. “The sand could be collected from a stockpile adjacent to Calleguas Creek in Ventura County located near the intersection of Las Posas Road and Hueneme Road and transport the sand by truck via Highway 1 to Broad Beach.”
A reservoir of sand will be built to restore the dune habitat with native plant species.
The beach itself would be widened to provide enhanced public access and recreational opportunities along Broad Beach.
“Recent higher erosion rates during the 2009-2010 winter season necessitated that emergency precautions be taken to protect residential structures and onsite wastewater treatment systems located seaward of the residences,” the report went on to state.
Consequently, the homeowners obtained emergency permits for the installation of a rock revetment about five feet high and 25 feet wide, to protect the existing homes along the beach.
The property owners are now working on getting permits to allow a permanent buried rock revetment along with the periodic sand nourishment.
The California Coastal Commission is the permitting agency and will oversee the project.

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