Malibu Lagoon To Reopen May 3
Posted by Kyle Maloney on Apr 28, 2013 - 4:52:57 PM
Malibu lagoon. Photo courtesy Facebook.
of the most controversial disputes in Southern California, the Malibu Lagoon
Restoration Project, was completed last month and is ready for its re-opening
13-acre lagoon underwent a multi-million dollar reconstruction that aimed to
reshape the brackish waterway, reconfigure water channels, remove pedestrian
bridges, and strip the weedy shoreline. The wetlands dredging project cost $7
million and yielded in the planting of roughly 68,000 indigenous plants.
project was overseen by California State Parks, with partnering organizations
being California State Coastal Conservancy, the Resource Conservation District
of the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Monica Baykeeper and the Santa Monica Bay
the nine-month development, the restoration project resulted in much local
debate. Supporters argued that the lagoon was unhealthy due to the lack of
oxygen in the water and required an overhaul. Protestors said that the lagoon
should be left alone.
of the lagoon’s reconstruction picketed, filed lawsuits, and fought with the
Malibu City Council on the matter. Given the lagoon’s worldwide renown as a
popular surfing site, the controversy was provided national coverage, including
such networks at ESPN and The New York Times.
ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for May 3.
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