Managed Breach Point Is Latest Concern in Ongoing Malibu Lagoon Construction Plan
BY BILL KOENEKER
Councilmember Lou La Monte at this week's Malibu City Council meeting might have best summed up the remaining concerns about a "managed breach point," at Malibu Lagoon when he said, "It is one of the few things we can all agree upon about the lagoon."
Earlier during public comment, activist Andy Lyon said he was told the water would be moving faster in the lagoon and he asked if studies had been done for what to do. "They are not looking where the break point is. How do they protect state property if it will drain out faster?" he asked.
La Monte questioned State Parks Angeles District Superintendent Craig Sap, who was present to give the council an update about progress on the lagoon, if he had been able to find any of those studies.
Sap said he had been out of town and would be meeting with the contractor Iater.
Councilmember Skylar Peak said it was important "to get a managed break point."
Sap had come to tell council members about how much work had been completed. Responding to questions from the mayor, he said there has been no problems with the trucks removing excavations of soil. "All five don't go at once. There is less truck traffic than at Ralph's Market," he said.
The State Parks spokesperson said the contractor was working overtime during some of the initial grading, but has cut back and usually is off the site by two or three in the afternoon. He also said the fledgling birds have left the nests, and that the contractors are working on the paths and an interior fence for the Colony residents is being built.
Upon prodding by Peak, the district head talked about drinking the reclaimed water.
"I admit it was salty. I was told it was eight parts, but it was 12 parts. It was not a bad taste," he said.
Mayor Laura Rosenthal asked if the project was on schedule. "We seem to be on schedule," he said, saying they have to be out of the lagoon by Oct 15 and hope to be completed by Dec. 15.