Malibu Lagoon Restoration Controversial

by ritasimpson on February 15, 2012

in Community Information

The lawsuit  filed in the Superior Court challenges  the California Coastal Commission’s approval of the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project and alleges that the project will harm birds, fish and other species that live in the lagoon, and in doing so violate the Coastal Act.

Supporters of the plan, including environmental groups Heal the Bay and Santa Monica Baykeeper along with State Parks, say the changes being proposed are necessary to correct mistakes caused by the faulty design of the 1983 project. Reshaping the western channels of the lagoon and removing the non-native vegetation will improve water circulation, they say, and increase oxygen levels in the water.

But opponents object to the use of bulldozers, arguing it is too drastic and will kill wildlife in the lagoon. They believe the lagoon will naturally repair itself over time, which stands in contrast to proponents’ belief that the lagoon is irreparable.

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