Change Begins Onshore

Broad Beach Seawall - Malibu

The Surfrider Foundation’s West LA / Malibu Chapter is following the recent emergency permitting of a 4100 ft long and 8 ft high rock revetment, along with additional emergency permits for existing and/or new sandbag walls along Broad Beach in Malibu. Existing sandbag walls have significantly impacted public access to Broad Beach. In some cases, sand was taken from the public portion of the beach to fill the bags, thus lowering the public beach and severely reducing the breadth of the shoreline. This has moved the “mean high tide line” such that there is no public beach except at extreme low tides. Equally disconcerting is the current and long-term impact to shoreline erosion along this stretch of beach. The removal of the sand brought the water line inland allowing direct wave action on the protective structures. All indications are that this wave action is causing active erosion along the shore face, with wave reflection pulling additional sand from the beach. In 2005 the homeowners at Broad Beach illegally bulldozed sand from the public beach onto their properties to protect their homes, and this may have exacerbated the problem.


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  • Chapter:West Los Angeles / Malibu
  • State: CA
  • Country: USA
  • Theme: Coastal Preservation
  • Launch Date: January 02 2009
  • Completion Date: Ongoing

Nancy Hastings