A judge in California has ruled against three groups who sued to stop a controversial project to restore a lagoon near Malibu's world-famous Surfrider Beach. The pro-restoration side hopes to dredge a channel that would better connect Malibu Lagoon, which is badly polluded, to the Pacific Ocean and remove a series of footbridges that they say keep the lagoon from properly draining. In June, three environmental groups won an injunction against the project, claiming that it would disrupt endangered species and ruin Surfrider Beach's famous break. The now-acclaimed Surfrider Foundation was created in 1983 to protest a different version of the lagoon restoration project. Surfrider and many area scientists support the current plan.
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