LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District will hold a public hearing for the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report for the Malibu Creek Ecosystem Restoration Study, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, California, on Wednesday, March 1, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California 91302.
The primary purpose of the proposed project is to provide a more natural sediment transport regime from the watershed to the shoreline and to restore aquatic and riparian habitat connectivity along Malibu Creek and its tributaries. Implementation of the proposed project is intended to sustain or enhance indigenous populations of aquatic and terrestrial species within the next several decades, particularly the southern California steelhead, allowing for migratory opportunities to about 15 miles of habitat in this watershed that has been unreachable for over 90 years due to the presence of Rindge Dam. This project would support a key goal of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southern California Steelhead Recovery Plan.
The draft report includes formulation, evaluation, and comparison of an array of alternatives with associated detailed environmental analyses and consequences. Plan selection includes a National Ecosystem Restoration Plan and a Likely Locally Preferred Plan, both involving the removal of Rindge Dam and the sediment impounded behind the dam.
The draft report is available online at: http://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Projects-Studies/Malibu-Creek-Study/
Hard copies of the report are available for viewing at the Malibu Library, Calabasas Library, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Angeles District office. Addresses are listed in the weblink above.
A CD of the document can furnished upon request via email at: Malibu.Creek@usace.army.mil or by contacting Mr. Jesse Ray at 213-452-3811.
Comments regarding the proposed project can be submitted orally or in writing at the public hearing. Written comments should be submitted by March 27, 2017. Written comments can be submitted to the address below or can be emailed to: Malibu.Creek@usace.army.mil
Mr. Eduardo T. De Mesa
Chief, Planning Division
US. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
District 915 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 930
Attention: Mr. Jesse Ray (CESPL-PDR-L)
Los Angeles, California 90017-3401
The Corps’ Los Angeles District is the lead federal agency responsible for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act. The California Department of Parks and Recreation is the local lead agency responsible for implementing the California Environmental Quality Act.