Stop Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project

Target: Chairwoman of the California State commission of Parks and Recreation Caryl Hart

Goal: To prevent the poorly designed Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project from being implemented until proper revisions to the plan are completed.

Some ideas sound extremely good on paper but falter when the finer details of the concept’s execution come to light. The Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project is such a project.  Intended to preserve the Malibu Lagoon, this project upon closer study shows many serious flaws.

These flaws require at least a delay if not an outright cancellation to address the significant questions they pose. These flaws, as presented by City of Malibu Manager Jim Thorsen include many components that put both the health of the public and the well-being of the environment at risk.

Due to these questions, the City of Malibu has repeatedly expressed its wishes for the project’s cancellation, voting unanimously against it on April 9, 2012. These cries have apparently gone unheeded as the State Parks Department elects to address them in a vague, ambiguous manner while continuing to pursue the project.

The continued insistence given this project becomes increasingly illogical as a growing number issues with the execution of the restoration project come to light.

There is a considerable concern for the public health threat that may be caused by the lagoon’s initial dewatering plan for example. In order to execute this aspect the contractor must collect, store, treat, and discharge an estimated 48.5 million gallons of water. Thorsen’s concern lies in that the original dewatering rate and volume calculations are grossly inaccurate. He estimates that the project will require 2,500 18,000‐20,000 gallon water tanks to hold lagoon water for eventual filtration and discharge.

This is just one of a host of issues such as carcinogens being released by the water filtration process, threats to endangered animal life such as the tidewater goby, and undue fiscal burden created by poor estimates over the required scope of the plan.

To continue without regard for these issues is reckless and irresponsible.  Join me in asking the Department of Parks and Restoration to cancel this project until a more acceptable means of execution has been found.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Hart,

While the idea behind the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project may hold good intentions, the actual finer points of the project’s execution give rise to some significant concerns. Until these can be addressed in a proper manner the restoration project must be put on hold or cancelled.

The many flaws within the project outline hold a tremendous potential to put the health of both the public and environment at risk. It is because of this, and the findings by City of Malibu Manager Jim Thorsen, that Malibu has repeatedly expressed its desire that the project be cancelled– even unanimously voting against it on April 9 of this year.

The findings by Mr. Thorsen conclude that the undertaking is far greater in scope than the plan intimates, with issues such as the public health threat which may be caused by the lagoon’s initial dewatering plan. In order to execute this initial phase the contractor must collect, store, treat, and discharge an estimated 48.5 million gallons of water. Thorsen’s concern stems from the fact that the original dewatering rate and volume calculations are grossly inaccurate. He estimates that the project will require 2,500 18,000‐20,000 gallon water tanks to hold lagoon water for eventual filtration and discharge.

This is not the only issue however. The filtration process itself holds the potential to release harmful carcinogens and other pollutants. There is also an issue of the ramifications it will have upon threatened or endangered species such as the tidewater goby, whose limited capacity to adapt to such drastic environmental shifts could spell disaster for the species.

These and an array of other concerns give reason to urge the California Department of Parks and Recreation to cancel the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project before the full extent of unaddressed concerns become a reality.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. IF WE DON’T STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES THERE WILL BE NO ROSES TO SMELL AND NO HUMANS TO SMELL THEM AND THAT IS A FACT!!!

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