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Little Sign of Life in Malibu Lagoon's Channels, Biologists Say

Bulldozers began uncovering the historic wetlands this past week in the back channels of the Malibu Lagoon.

During the removal of soil from the Malibu Lagoon's channels, biologists found little signs of life other than a few clams, according to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

The biologists did not find any "worns, insect larvae, or any of the aquatic invertebrates that we would normally expect to see living in a wetland," the commission wrote in its latest update on the project.

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission is a partner on the Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project with California State Parks, which is the lead agency.

Opponents have spoken out in opposition to the work in the channels, stating that it should not have been started until the project's was completed first. The dewatering plant was being assembled at the lagoon this past week.

On the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Webb Way, protesters have displayed more than a dozen signs, including some that read "We Want Water Testing Daily" and "Malibu Massacre."

According to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the bulldozers have started to uncover the historic wetlands.

"It’s very exciting to unearth the real Malibu Lagoon and to know that it
will be brought back to life and allowed to thrive once again. In the process, lots of trash has been removed: chunks of asphalt and concrete, discarded telephone poles, truck tires, lots of plastic debris, old pipe – all dumped over the last hundred years and burying the original wetlands," the commission wrote.

Mark Abramson, a senior watershed advisor at the Santa Monica Bay Foundation, said in a recent interview that the dewatering could begin by next week.

Some tests on the water pumped out of the lagoon will be done daily, and others will be less often, Abramson said.

"State Park's mission is to protect the public's health and safety as well as the health of wildlife," Abramson said.

M Stanley July 14, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Lost your voice now? It "might" be an acceptable excuse IF you'd only used the term once. You didn't though, you threw it out there so it would stick hard - it did. Why did you use it TWICE?
Cece Stein July 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Hellwood... I must say I do agree with you on many levels. Especially when it comes to the 411. Everyone's voice is welcome to be heard there - respectfully ( the "retard" comment was not directed to you - but to the Weazel - of which I still stand by and therefore posted the definition of ) - which is why we have a blog allowing everyone to comment. If you have data, information etc... you want to post on the 411 so you feel you are properly represented then we welcome you to do that. This petty talk here on PATCH is getting us nowhere. I definitely appreciate anyone who has the "balls" to stand up for what they believe in - that includes you! : ) That's my closing comment on this thread.
Wendi Werner July 14, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I do hope that you post more on your blog about what we have done re: the safety of the dewatering. Thus far you seem to want to ignore it.
sean July 17, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Whoever thinks this level of contamination is from birds fish and weasels is totally clueless. The fact is the pollution is from the residents of Malibu and more specifically, the colony. That is why they are against the project, because they know that they are guilty and the testing of the lagoon water will prove it. If Malibu residents really cared for the environment they would be for restoration, and they would stop polluting the lagoon. Hellwood, do you think the elevated level of chlorine also came from birds and lizards?
hellwood July 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM
sean, the lagoon has been tested. do you have new evidence? give me your email, and i can probably arrange for you to meet with a small group of us and the city manager to discuss it...and do you honestly think i dont know where the chlorine comes from? why dont you tell us where it comes from sean?...and why do i feel like you just like giving me sh**? ...it would be more respectful if you just came down to city hall and met with the rest of us and others to offer your valuable information that could help? you have the time to pester the opposition on the patch, but no time to discuss facts with the big decision makers down at city hall? maybe you could tell all of us how the current water quality standards are fair?

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