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The Documents are available on this website as well as at the following locations:

California Department of Parks and Recreation, Angeles District
1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302-1909

Calabasas Library
200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302 

Malibu Library
23519 West Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265


All comments must be received by March 27, 2017. Please address your comments to:

Eduardo T. Demesa
Chief, Planning Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
ATTN:  Mr. Jesse Ray (CESPL-PDR-L)
915 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 930
Los Angeles, California 90017

Phone: 213.452.3811; Fax: 213.452.4204; Email: Malibu.Creek@usace.army.mil


Points of Contact:

USACE Lead Planner
Jim Hutchison
Phone: (213) 452-3826
Fax: (213) 452-4204
E-Mail:
James.D.Hutchison@usace.army.mil

USACE Project Manager
Susie Ming
Phone: (213) 452-3789
E-Mail:
Susan.M.Ming@usace.army.mil

California Department of Parks and Recreation
Jamie King, Environmental Scientist
Phone: (818) 880-0373
E-Mail:
Jamie.King@parks.ca.gov

Malibu Creek Study

Malibu Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study

Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR) with Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report and Appendices

 DRAFT IFR PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD:  January 27, 2017 through March 27, 2017

PUBLIC HEARING:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 6-8PM at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District located at 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302


 Public Meeting Presentation

 

NER Plan Fact Sheet

 

Locally Preferred Plan Fact Sheet

 

A Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR) that includes an integrated Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) has been prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) for the Malibu Creek Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.  The EIS is being filed with the Environmental Protection Agency and is being made available to interested parties for review and comment pursuant to regulations of the President's Council on Environmental Quality for implementing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508).  The Draft EIR has been prepared jointly with the EIS and notice is hereby given, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) [Public Resources Code §21000, et seq.] and the 2015 State CEQA Guidelines [California Code of Regulations §15000, et seq.].  The USACE is the Lead Agency for NEPA and the CDPR is the Lead Agency for CEQA.

Problem Summary

The study has identified several problem areas.

  • Loss of connectivity to good-to-excellent quality aquatic spawning and rearing habitat for migratory species, and disturbances to adjacent riparian habitat due to the construction of Rindge Dam and other upstream road crossings and small dams, isolating reaches of Malibu Creek and tributaries in the watershed.
  • Disruption to historic migratory paths for mammals due to the construction of Rindge Dam and other upstream road crossings and small dams, isolating reaches of Malibu Creek and tributaries in the watershed. 
  • Reduction of natural sediment delivery during storms to reaches of Malibu Creek and tributaries, the Malibu Lagoon, Pacific Ocean shoreline, and nearshore environments for over 90 years due to the construction of several water supply and recreational dams in the watershed.
  • Changes to the natural creek slope in the vicinity of Rindge Dam as a result of dam construction and associated sediment deposition have lowered base flow velocities, altering vegetation types and raising water temperatures, adversely affecting the aquatic habitat quality by adding stressors to native species.

Purpose

The purpose of the study is to establish a more natural sediment transport regime from the watershed to the Southern California shoreline in the vicinity of Malibu Creek within the next several decades, reestablish habitat connectivity along Malibu Creek and tributaries in the next several decades to restore migratory access to former upstream spawning areas for indigenous aquatic species and allow for safe passage for terrestrial species from the Pacific Ocean to the watershed and broader Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and restore aquatic habitat of sufficient quality along Malibu Creek and tributaries to sustain or enhance indigenous populations of aquatic species within the next several decades.  Alternatives have been developed to identify what the USACE and CDPR partnership wants to achieve with the alternatives and accomplish with a plan.

Study Area/Project Area

The Malibu Creek watershed is located approximately 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, California. Approximately two-thirds of the watershed is located in northwestern Los Angeles County and the remaining one-third is in southeastern Ventura County.  The watershed drainage area is approximately 110 square miles and includes areas of the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills. Elevations in the watershed range from over 3,100 feet at Sandstone Peak in Ventura County to sea level at Santa Monica Bay. It is the largest coastal watershed in the Santa Monica Mountains, and is encompassed by one of the largest areas of protected open space left in southern California, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service.

The study area includes Malibu Creek and tributaries, and shoreline and nearshore locations outside of the watershed.  Malibu Creek runs along a generally southern route through the watershed for about 10 miles before draining into Malibu Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean.  Primary tributary flows into Malibu Creek in the lower portion of the watershed are from Las Virgenes Creek and Cold Creek.  A variety of streambed modifications are evident throughout the watershed, particularly in the upper, urbanized areas. However, the majority of the streambed in the study area remains unimproved (i.e., is not armored with stone or concrete on bank or bed), though at times natural meanders of the creeks are constricted by roads and other development. 

Malibu Canyon Road/Las Virgenes Road runs generally parallel to Malibu Creek through the watershed, from Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) past Interstate Highway 101.  This road is one of the only major traffic arteries through the Santa Monica Mountains, connecting coastal route (PCH) to the San Fernando Valley.

Potentially Significant Effects 

The Draft IFR identifies potentially significant environmental effects in the following areas: traffic, water quality, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, aesthetics, and noise. No hazardous sites subject to Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code are known or expected to be in the project area.

Study Participants

The lead federal agency for this study is the USACE, Los Angeles District, in coordination with the non-Federal study Sponsor, the CDPR.  Multiple other agencies have and continue to contribute to this study effort.