Los Angeles

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

Victory | April 01 2010

Coastal Preservation

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.

Coastal Preservation

Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast. Our efforts are focused on establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust.

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