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Malibu Lagoon Project Updates; L.A. County Birding Guide

August 9, 2012

The California Coastal Commission met yesterday, Wednesday 8/8/12 and voted to deny the request to revoke the lagoon restoration project permit, brought by project opponents.   The project will continue.   Work on the channels is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 16, 2012.   Work on the various interpretive features will continue for a while after that.

“There’s not a single shred of evidence that would have to be proven for us to entertain revocation,” said Commissioner Jana Zimmer.   David Wiseman, attorney for Cal. State Parks, said: “ [The request] was not timely and not filed with due diligence….These types of revocation requests are really broad for the intention of causing delay.”   He also asked the commission to consider granting a request from State Parks to recoup attorneys fees and other costs to staff.

Link to Malibu Patch blog article on the CCC decision.
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Sometime next week the path to the beach will be changed to follow the newly-constructed berm.   Some mechanical work will be done on the current pathway. While it is, we’ll be using the berm.

Our Malibu Lagoon 2012 Project page has links to this patch article, YouTube interviews with the project staff (latest is 8/3 interview with Mark Abramson, talking about how the channel and island grading work is going, the path change, and just what was going on with that weird classification by the USF&G of Snowy Plover critical habitat, which included areas covered by fill dirt, brush and the southern channel.
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In our never-ending effort to bring you quality birding information and news, we now announce that our Los Angeles County Birding Spots page is now, finally (more-or-less) complete.   Give it a try.   Tell your friends.   Comments and suggestions welcome!

I put this page together primarily as a service to birders visiting or passing through L.A., new birders looking for good birding spots in their area, and…me!   I get a lot of email from strangers looking for information (RFI – request for information) on when & where to bird in L.A.   From now on, I’m going to send them a link to this page, adding that if they have any additional questions, send me an email.   A big time saver in the long run.
[Chuck Almdale]

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