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New Signage Informs Beachgoers About Dewatering at Malibu Lagoon

The signage comes the day after opponents of the project asked for signage informing swimmers and surfers about the discharge of treated water as part of the Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project.

California State Parks posted signs Tuesday around a pipe that is releasing treated water from the Malibu Lagoon as part of a restoration project.

The blue, laminated signs, which have a California State Parks seal and a photo of the project's design plan reads:

The water flowing onto the beach is highly treated to remove bacteria and is cleaner than the water that would normally flow into the ocean. This water is currently tested daily to assure that it meets all discharge permit requirements. To learn more about the restoration project, please visit our website at www.restoremalibulagoon.com.

The signs were posted the morning after the dewatering project began, according to Craig Sap, District Supervisor for the State Parks Los Angeles District.

Opponents of the project raised concerns that the signs were not posted on the day the discharge began at Surfrider Beach.

At Monday's Council Meeting, City Manager Jim Thorsen said he had met with Sap and had asked for the test results.

The results for July 16-17, which was in the days before the dewatering began, were provided to the city Thursday and posted to its website. (A PDF with the results are attached to this article).

Cece Stein July 28, 2012 at 12:55 AM
This has never been a competition for trust. Just an expression of views. Period.
Jessica E. Davis July 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Agreed. Now let's all move on.
Cece Stein July 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
We have the traffic and the press we need. It's not our intention to market to the same people who comment over and over here on PATCH. Furthermore, real life and tragedy has taken precedence over the recent city council meeting and the watershed meeting. Steve and I are still dealing with the after effects of Stephenie's suicide. Make no mistake, we have whatever information we need. Lastly, we don't expect any of the people who oppose this project to come to us or trust us. This is not a popularity contest. We are fine with our mission and how we are pursuing it. We don't need approval from anyone.
Chuck Almdale July 28, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Surfer's Coalition: On the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society "project page" we have a slideshow of about 100 photos of the lagoon, beginning with about 30 photos from 5/27/12. It presents a fair portrait of before & during the project. {No "after" photos yet.} It also has links to various videos, plus summaries of the bird populations for May & June (July censused but not yet posted). Take a look. We intend it to be a permanent record. http://smbasblog.wordpress.com/malibu-lagoon-project/
The Surfers Coalition July 28, 2012 at 02:32 AM
@CSP-Thank you for updating your website www.restoremalibulagoon.com. We see that the news entries have been added that were backlogged since June 20, 2012. Good to see the updates and hope you all continue to post the testing as promised!

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