Seawall proposed for Malibu’s Surfrider Beach is officially dead!


Chapter: West Los Angeles / Malibu
State: CA
Country: USA
Theme: Coastal Preservation
Completion Date: April 01 2010
Status: Victory

The Chapter got the County of Los Angeles to reverse its plans to install a seawall at Surfrider Beach in Malibu. The seawall was planned to protect a new septic system for the beach restrooms from worst-case storm surges. The top of the seawall would have been 3’ beneath the sand normally, but had the potential to become exposed during high winds or high surf. In addition, it could come into contact with waves and harm their shape during high surf or future rising sea levels. After much advocacy from the Chapter and partners at the Malibu Surfing Association, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and Heal The Bay, the County found a creative way to reconfigure the septic system so that it is located far enough inland to be out of the storm surge zone and not require a seawall.