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Lagoon Can't Heal Itself [Video]

Even a 50-year storm could not alter the shape of the Malibu Lagoon.

The gang of Malibu Lagoon restoration obstructionists has been misinforming the community with the notion that "the lagoon is healing itself." The proponents of the lagoon restoration project have been correctly stating the contrary. Rather than forcing you to think a certain way, we would like you to choose for yourself what the answer is by looking at the evidence. 

Attached to this piece are Google Earth satellite images from 1989 to 2009 that show the lagoon has not changed in shape in more than 20 years in any significant way due to the leftover compacted landfill from the 1983 State Parks project that cut three channels into the lagoon. Some pictures have a high tide, some a low tide and others a neutral tide.  

Also, take a look at the 10-second video from 1995 that shows a 50-year storm inundating the lagoon area. The main channel of the Malibu creek ferociously travels by the lagoon while inundating it. Even an event of this magnitude did not change the shape of the lagoon. 

You have to wonder how long the restoration obstructionists gang expects the lagoon will take to "heal itself" after seeing these pictures and now knowing that nothing of significance has changed the lagoon since 1983. How many years do you think their "kinder, gentler approach" will take to get the job done.

Matthew Horns March 12, 2012 at 05:08 AM
It seems that the anti-restoration mob has abandoned this forum when they encountered people that actually have a clue about Malibu Creek and Malibu Lagoon.
Matthew Horns March 12, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Now we can have a rational discussion. I'm excited! The anti-mob was so devastated when the judge ruled that their lawsuit and its appeal had "no basis in fact," or something like that. Surprise? Not to me. I know the facts and know that they do not know the facts. They know that I know the facts and know that they do not know the facts. At some point in this little war of the minds, the little minds will retreat to avoid complete humiliation. The lagoon restoration project is slated to begin sometime soon, I'm not sure when. I will be there every chance I have. I am particularly interested in seeing what the bulldozers uncover as they excavate into the lagoon bottom. They will first dig through fill and garbage, then will soon reach naturally deposited sediments. That's what I want to see. This is as much an archaeological dig as it is a restoration project. I get excited every time I see a road cut or the walls of a hole dug in the ground. Buried deposits can reveal thousands of years of stream hydrology to the trained eye.
Ben Marcus March 12, 2012 at 05:53 AM
MH I am going to drive the NorCal coast from here to Smith River and back from March 22 to April 1. We are photographing a book but I also want to do a story on flyfishing for steelhead for Fly Fish Journal. Greg Noll lives in Hiochi overlooking the Cable Hole on the Smith and he is fond of bellowing, "You can't flyfish the Smith!!" He may or may not be right and I'm going to try, but I wonder if you have any inside scoops on other coastal rivers and creeks I should look at on the way up. Is late March too late? I know the Gualala and the Garcia and the Mattole and others, but any steerage would be appreciated. Any excuse to drive the NorCal coast is a good one, anyway.
Matthew Horns March 12, 2012 at 05:55 AM
I posted this on Save Malibu Lagoon's website: My first job out of college with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Geology from Humboldt State University in from 1979 to 1986 was with Redwood National Park's watershed restoration program. We used bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, and dump trucks to remove road fill from steam channels and unstable slopes and transport it to stable locations. Then we planted the excavation and deposition sites with native plants and trees. We killed millions of native plants and animals in the process, but ended up with an ecosystem far more healthier than what we started with. Ron and Marcia do not have a clue about the real world of watershed restoration. Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 02:27 AM and this: What's up. Have you people emigrated? Do you not have any interest in what people think about your bs website.? and this: Looks like no one is paying any attention to you or your website. I think that's a good thing. I welcome any rebuttal to to my posts but it looks like none are forthcoming. and this: So, you have cut and run from this very lucrative but failed attempt to stop progress in improving the horrible conditions at Malibu Lagoon. I have not received 1 reply from those "environmentalists." Apparently Marcia and Roy have took the money and ran when it became painfully obvious to them that they have failed in their mission but have a lot of dirty money left over to regroup somewhere far away.
Matthew Horns March 12, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Ben, sounds like a fabulous adventure. Heres the link to CA Freshwater 2011/2012 sport fishing regs. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/FreshFish-Mar2011/ccr-t14-ch3-art3.html Spring in Nor Cal is spawning season and most streams are closed to salmon but some are open to steelhead. Read the Regs. Ocean fishing is happening! You have maybe salmon depending where you are. Then you have rock fish, lingcod, halibut (both California and Pacific) and whatever bites. Shore fishing for red surf pearch is spotty but if you go with a local who knows his fish they can dial you in. Plus you have surf smelt that run up tiny coastal streams during winter storms. They are tiny but way tasty. Then you have American shad, an Atlantic Ocean native that has been introduced to the Pacific Northwest and has healthy self-sustaining runs in larger rivers like the Klamath and Smith. Let me know if you have any more questions. Email me at mhorns_1@hotmail.com

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