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Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project
Draft EIR Public Review Phase Officially Wraps

DEIR Public Review Period: February 12th, 2024 - April 12th, 2024

The Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) officially dropped. The public provided comments and feedback on the DEIR from February 12th to 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 are available at the following locations:

The Notice of Availability regarding the DEIR is available HERE.

The Notice of Completion regarding the DEIR is available HERE.

Questions?​​

Reach out to us on our Stay Connected page

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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 February 2024 Public Meetings

Project partners and stakeholders including CA State Parks, CalTrans, County of LA Beaches & Harbors and the RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains held two Public DEIR Meetings on February 24th & 28th, 2024. 

Presenters discussed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) with community members while providing an outline and update on the restoration.

Watch either video on the RCD's YouTube Page.

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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!

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Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project tries to balance endangered fish, PCH traffic & more
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