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Council OKs Funding for Design of Broad Beach Storm Drain Improvements

The improvements will include the installation of monitoring and sampling equipment.

The Malibu City Council approved funding of the design of planned improvements to an additional storm drain inlet at Broad Beach this week as part of conditions of a water quality settlement with two environmental groups.

In the lawsuit, which was , the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Santa Monica Baykeeper alleged the city had violated the Clean Water Act.

Under the settlement, the city agreed to pay $750,000 in legal fees, make improvements on 17 drains, and allocate $250,000 toward the city's Ocean Health Water Assessment program, which will create water quality monitoring along Malibu's shoreline, according to City Attorney Christi Hogin. The total cost of the retrofits could reach up to $5.6 million.

Some of the improvements to the drains were already planned, including eight storm drain inlets at Broad Beach. Most of the improvements along the northern shoulder of Broad Beach Road were expected to be paid for by a grant from the State Water Board, according to a report prepared by Malibu's Senior Civil Engineer Robert DuBoux.

"The settlement agreement included improvements to one additional storm drain inlet, a design that will reduce bacteria levels and eliminate non-stormwater discharges, and the installation of monitoring and sampling equipment," DuBoux wrote.

The council upped the project's estimated design cost by $113,000 to $767,800 in the agreement with Geosyntec Consultants.

Part of Malibu's coastline is known as an Area of Special Biological Significance (ASBS), and a federal district court found the city liable in 2010 for discharging polluted runoff. The ASBS runs from Latigo Point to the Ventura County line.

Curbed LA reported that Broad Beach homeowner's plans to replace sand on the often eroded beach is coming under fire.

The website reports the homeowners have been looking for a sediment match off the coast of Manhattan Beach. However, the city council voted to oppose the project.

J. Flo September 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Interesting, Andy.
Douglas Fay September 16, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Andy, it's nice to see even you see the money/contract connection. It's morally deplorable behavior, but perfectly acceptable if you are in a paid position on HTB, the SMBRF, SM Baykeeper, and God only knows who else is in this greedy fold. My concern today is right on the heels of the Malibu Lagoon destruction is a bid to spend $20 million on un-natural sand importation when you have a dam full of sand and rock that has been impeded for decades that needs to be removed. Thoughts anyone?
Andy Lyon September 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Even I see it ?? Not sure how I should take that, but whatever. What I don't get is why patch doesn't do a connect the dots/follow the money article about these projects and contracts and lawsuits that Malibu is getting hammered with and what the real driving force is behind it all. I mean because if even I can see it ... then a REAL journalist should be able to uncover and write the story. Anyone at Patch up for that ?? Well Douglas you might also find it interesting that the engineering firm Moffit-Nichols who did the lagoon disaster is also doing the sand replenishment project at Broadbeach and maybe had something to do with the fact that the City Council allowed them to form the GHAD in the first place ???
Hans Laetz September 17, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Didn't the council form the GHAD because 95 percent of the Broad Beach residents asked them to do it? I also thought that the Board of Directors of the GHAD -- all of them Broad Beach landowners -- voted to give the contracts to the engineering firm. The City has nothing to do with that -- it's an independent board. They can hire whom they choose. It doesn't go before the council. Maybe no journalist has connected those dots because connecting them leads to .. well ... dots and gibberish And Mr. Fay, how many hundreds or thousand of trucks would it take to haul the cobbles and pebbles piled up behind Rindge Dam to Broad Beach? The trucks bringing in the rocks for the jetty kept us awake day and night for four weeks. But I've lived next to beaches getting sand from barges and you hear nothing.
Marcia Hanscom September 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Moffatt & Nichol is the company Heal the Bay hired in 2002/2003 to do the early design for the Malibu Lagoon demolition/disaster. The one that - when M & N revealed it in public - got so much heat and concern expressed that State Parks then repeatedly told us "don't worry; Phase 2 of the project will never be done - we will just do the parking lot move." Then subsequent contractors picked up the job behind the scenes while we had all been assured it would never go forward. Santa Monica Baykeeper, RCD of the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation - they all received subsequent funds to "plan" the project Moffatt & Nichol conceived of with Heal the Bay - also done behind the scenes in technical meetings where the public was expressly forbidden to be present.

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