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.
Rear more at MalibuPatch
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.