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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

EPA Offers TMDL Workshop on Creek Water

• Public Participation Sought for Malibu Watershed Proposal

BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN

Malibu residents who are willing to travel to Agoura Hills will have an opportunity to participate in a public workshop on the EPA’s controversial Total Daily Maximum Load proposal from the Malibu Creek watershed.
“U.S. EPA Region IX will be holding a public workshop to provide information and address questions regarding the proposed pollution blueprint, Malibu Creek and Lagoon TMDL for Sedimentation and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Community, to be established by USEPA,” a press release for the event states.
“Representatives from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board will also be present to provide information on the state process of the TMDL.”
The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Agoura Hills City Hall, 30001 Ladyface Court, off Agoura Rd.
According to the press release, the workshop will include discussion on “the proposed plan to improve water quality and restore ecology in Malibu Creek and Lagoon, and  [the] long-term implementation process to achieve water quality standards in the future Improvements and updates from local stakeholders and entities.”
Critics have expressed the concern that the EPA's TMDL proposal does not adequately address the impact of naturally occurring nutrient loads, including phosphatic shales at the base of the Miocene-era Modelo formation, which reportedly leach higher than normal levels of phosphates and nitrates into portions the watershed.
More information on the workshop is available by contacting USEPA Region IX representative Cindy Lin, 213-244-1803, or Jenny Newman, at Los Angeles RWQCB, 213-576-6691

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