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Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project
Draft EIR Public Review Phase is here!
DEIR Public Review Period: February 12th, 2024 - April 12th, 2024
The Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has officially dropped! The public can provide comments and feedback on the DEIR until April 12th, 2024 at 5pm PST.
How to Review DEIR
A digital version of the DEIR is available HERE.
The associated Appendices for the DEIR can be accessed HERE.
The associated letter to the State Clearing House is located HERE.
Physical copies of the EIR will be available at the following locations:
Malibu Creek State Park Office: 1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA
RCDSMM Office: 4505 Las Virgenes Rd, Suite 215, Calabasas, CA
Topanga Library: 122 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA
Malibu Library: 23519 West Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA
Calabasas Library: 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA
The Notice of Availability regarding the DEIR is available HERE.
How to Provide Comments
Public comments will be accepted through April 12th at 5pm. Comments can be submitted to any of the following:
This Website's Stay Connected page
Via Email: TopangaLagoonRestoration@gmail.com
Via Mail: California Department of Parks and Recreation,1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. Attn: John Ota, Environmental Scientist
Learn More at a Public Meeting
Project partners and stakeholders are holding two in-person public meetings where you can learn more about this project and ask questions. The content of each meeting will be the same, but will held on two different dates and at two different locations for the public's convenience. Recordings of both presentations will also be available to review after each meeting at youtube.com/@rcdsmm. RSVPs are required!
Saturday, February 24th from 10am to 12pm at the Annenberg Community Beach House - 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA
This meeting will also be live streamed at youtube.com/@rcdsmm. Attendees can submit questions online during the meeting to be answered.
Wednesday, February 28th from 6pm to 8pm at the Topanga Community Center - 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA
The Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project team supports equal access. Meeting participants with disabilities who need assistance should note their needed accomodation(s) in their RSVP.
Reach out to us on our Stay Connected page.
Will the Project Affect the Surf or Beach?
Overview of Beach Morphology, Surf, and Nearshore Nourishment Modeling
A key project element is to reuse native fill excavated during the lagoon restoration and place it in the nearshore areas of the ocean off of Topanga Beach. The goal of this action is to benefit area beaches and avoid unnecessary disposal of clean soils and the associated truck trips offsite. Project consultant Moffatt and Nichol modeled how that material could behave when placed in the ocean so the project could be designed to maximize nourishment, while avoiding sensitive biological resources.
Another key consideration during project development was to determine if the project would affect local surf conditions and the shape of the beach as a key project goal was to protect these onsite resources. Consultants Integral and Moffatt and Nichol modeled how surf and the shape of the beach might change for the different project alternatives, and also considered the duration and type of different environmental conditions (drought, heavy storms).
The following link will take you to the video recording from February 20, 2024 which provides an overview of these studies and their results: YouTube Link
These studies are included in Draft EIR for the Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project and Appendices B - Shoreline Morphology, C - Nearshore Study and H - Surf Quality.
Watch Our June 2023 Public Meeting
Project partners and stakeholders including CA State Parks, CalTrans, County of LA Beaches & Harbors, Lee Andrews Group and the RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains held a Public Information Meeting on June 17th, 2023.
Presenters updated the community on where the project stands today, recent planning developments, alternative restoration designs and the vision for the future of Topanga Lagoon and Beach. Watch a recording of the presentation via the link below.
Technical Advisory Committee Meets
Sixty-six members of the Topanga Lagoon Restoration Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met on April 27th, 2023 to review the draft project analyses and provide expert guidance on regulatory considerations, prioritize conflicting goals for restoration, and identify any deficiencies. The project team is grateful for the time and expertise provided by the TAC. It truly takes a village!