Environmental Groups Ask For Revocation of Lagoon Project Permit

The Wetlands Defense Fund and the Coastal Law Enforcement Action Network filed the revocation request, which is under view by attorneys from California State Parks.

Two environmental groups filed a request this week for the revocation of a Coastal Development Permit that gave the green light for the start of the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project.

The Wetlands Defense Fund, led by activist Marcia Hanscom, and the Coastal Law Enforcement Action Network hand delivered the documents to the California Coastal Commission Thursday, Hanscom said.

Under state law, a permit can be revoked if the application for the permit included inaccurate, erroneous or incomplete information.

The groups allege the contractor, Ford E.C. Inc., proceeded with work even though the project's dewatering permit is still in draft form. Dewatering is a term that describes the process of removing water from the Malibu Lagoon.

They claim that there are "numerous permit compliance problems," and they asked the commission for a public hearing to resolve the discrepancies.

Craig Sap, District Supervisor for the State Parks Los Angeles District, said he could not comment on the revocation request.

"Our legal counsel is reviewing the document," Sap said.

Last week, the sand berm separating the Malibu Lagoon from the ocean opened, draining most of the water from the lagoon.

In previous interviews, Sap has said the Coastal Commission gave the go ahead for work to continue up to the dewatering portion. For the past week, bulldozers have ripped out vegetation at the lagoon, including seven sycamore trees.

The revocation letter, which is eight pages long, claims that the initial studies on the impact the project would have on the tidewater gobi were not adequate.

"The entire western lagoon will be dammed, drained, dredged and recontoured,
essentially resulting in adverse effects to significant amounts of habitat used for breeding, feeding, foraging, resting, and other essential behaviors, as well as adversely affecting the primary constituents elements for this endangered fish," the document states.

The letter also takes aim at public access during the project.

"Public access is only available sporadically along the perimeter access road – as the bridges trail has been shut off completely from public access, and heavy machinery is using the perimeter access path for habitat removal purposes," according to the document.

Lenny Shaw June 18, 2012 at 04:23 AM
For the record, I do not mean to imply that the official position of Preserve Malibu is against the restoration. And many members of PM share my position.... The opinions that I express are my own
Alessandra DeClario June 18, 2012 at 06:35 AM
Ted Vaill June 20, 2012 at 07:56 PM
We have only just begun to fight...
sean June 27, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Wendi, don't mix up the facts. YOU are the one calling well meaning people names. I read the letter and feel that there is some important information there. However, I am not ready to call Dr. Longcore, greedy, fake, greenwasher, and Full of Sh*t, as you have done to many equally qualified biologists. However, if I did call anyone "obstructionist" it would be a huge improvement to the type of language you brazenly throw at people with much higher levels of qualification and education as yourself.
sean June 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I love the fact that there is a sign on Cross Creek and PCH that says "we wont leave till they leave", and for weeks there has been no-one there except the signs. I guess the protesters are protesting more important things like war oversees and slavery in darfur..... or they might be out surfing (which do you think?)


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