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Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Comprehensive Monitoring Report (Year 4).  The Bay Foundation.  R. Abbott, M. Abramson, D. Cooper, R. Dagit, M. Grubbs, and K. Johnston.  August 2017.

A comprehensive evaluation comparing pre-restoration conditions to conditions following the March 2013 restoration of Malibu Lagoon through analyses of physical, chemical, and biological monitoring components. 

Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Comprehensive Monitoring Report (Year 3).  The Bay Foundation.  R. Abbott, M. Abramson, D. Cooper, R. Dagit, M. Grubbs, and K. Johnston.  May 2016.

A comprehensive evaluation comparing pre-restoration conditions to conditions following the March 2013 restoration of Malibu Lagoon through analyses of physical, chemical, and biological monitoring components. 

Water Quality Control Plan – Ocean Waters of California.  State Water Resources Control Board/Cal. EPA.  2015.

 The State Water Board declares that protection of the quality of the ocean* waters for use and enjoyment by the people of the State requires control of the discharge of waste* to ocean* waters and control of intake seawater*. The Board finds further that this plan shall be reviewed at least every three years to guarantee that the current standards are adequate and are not allowing degradation* to marine species or posing a threat to public health. 

Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Comprehensive Monitoring Report (Year 2).  The Bay Foundation. R. Abbott, M. Abramson, D. Cooper, R. Dagit, K. Johnston, and I. Medel.  May 2015

A comprehensive evaluation comparing pre-restoration conditions to conditions following the March 2013 restoration of Malibu Lagoon through analyses of physical, chemical, and biological monitoring components. 

Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Comprehensive Monitoring Report.  Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation.  M. Abramson, D. Cooper, R. Dagit, K. Johnston, J. King, I. Medel, and C. Piechowski.  March 2013.

 A comprehensive evaluation comparing pre-restoration conditions to conditions following the March 2013 restoration of Malibu Lagoon through analyses of physical, chemical, and biological monitoring components.

Malibu Lagoon Comprehensive Monitoring Report – Appendices.  Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation.  March 2013

 Appendices for the 2013 Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Comprehensive Monitoring Report Year 1. The report is comprehensive evaluation comparing pre-restoration conditions to conditions following the March 2013 restoration of Malibu Lagoon through analyses of physical, chemical, and biological monitoring components. 

Malibu Creek Watershed – Ecosystem on the Brink
S. Sikich, K. Pease, S. Diringer, M. Abramson, M. Gold, S. Luce. 2013.

The Malibu Creek Watershed is the second largest watershed draining to the Santa Monica Bay. Despite its location in one of the largest urban areas in the world, the 110-square mile watershed is dominated by open space. Over 75% of the Malibu Creek Watershed is undeveloped, with several small cities and rural residential communities located within its reaches.

Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Plan Final EIR  March 2006
Prepared by Jones & Stokes Prepared for: California State Coastal Conservancy, California State Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains

The Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Plan (Plan) Environmental Impact Report {EIR} presents a comprehensive and adaptive management approach to restore and enhance the ecological structure and function of Malibu Lagoon, improve lagoon and coastal water quality, and enhance visitors’ experience through improvements to access and interpretive displays. The Plan includes a water management component, a habitat and access plan, and a comprehensive long-term monitoring plan to ensure restoration goals are being achieved. The Plan was selected out of a range of alternatives for its ability to achieve restoration goals while minimizing short-term impacts to the existing system. 

Santa Monica Mountains Steelhead Habitat Assessment Final Project Report. California Trout. January 18, 2006

Results of comprehensive stream habitat and barrier assessment surveys on 13 focal watersheds in the Santa Monica Mountains to identify, prioritize, and suggest restoration efforts in to restore the federally endangered southern steelhead trout. 13 watersheds were surveyed and analyzed to identify and prioritize which streams should be selected for steelhead restoration actions and to recommend specific prioritized restoration actions and estimate the costs of such actions.

Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Plan.  Moffatt & Nichol.  June 2005

This Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Plan presents detailed information to implement and monitor the preferred restoration alternative. The preferred alternative is alternative 1.5, as specified in the Malibu Lagoon Feasibility Study Final Alternatives Analysis.  Implementation details are provided in the form of plans for water management, habitat management, access, and monitoring to facilitate implementation of the monitoring program and subsequent environmental review and permitting.

Fish Migration Barrier Severity and Steelhead Habitat Quality in the Malibu Creek Watershed. M. Abramson and M.Grimmer. Heal the Bay June 2005.

 

Evaluates Heal the Bay Stream Team fish habitat and steelhead barrier survey data collected between 2003 and 2005 to determine existing habitat quality and additional stream miles accessible to increase steelhead trout populations in the Malibu Creek Watershed. The report prioritizes the top 10 barrier removal projects to recover the species.

Sediments As A Non-Point Source Of Nutrients To Malibu Lagoon.  Sutula, Kramer, Cable/Water Board.  October 2004.

This study addressed three major questions that are relevant for refining the Water Quality Objectives in the Malibu Lagoon: 1) What is the load of N and P associated with the wet season input of sediments into the Lagoon? 2) What is the exchange of N and P between the surface waters from the sediments? 3) What are the other sources of N and P to the Lagoon and how does N and P remobilized from sediments compare with these sources? 83 pages.

Malibu Onsite Wastewater Risks.  Stone Environmental/City of Malibu.  August 2004.

This risk assessment is to evaluate the environmental impacts of current and potential future levels of onsite wastewater management. 120 pages.

Elements in Fish, Lagoon and Creek Moeller, MacNeil, Ambrose, Hee/Marine Pollution Bulletin.  2003.

Assess increased metal pollutant loads in stream mobile species from wastewater treatment plant past discharges. 6 pages.

The Malibu Creek Watershed Stream Team Pilot Project
Shattering the Myths of Volunteer Monitoring.  Abramson, et. al.  Heal the Bay.  2002.

November 1998- 2001, Heal the Bay conducted extensive testing to determine that the Stream Team Volunteer Monitoring Program and Stream Team Field Kit provide accurate, reliable and precise water quality data that can be used for watershed assessment and subsequent resource management decisions. This report documents the results of that testing and estimated cost savings using community volunteers to collect data.

Trace Metals in Fish.  Cohen, Hee, Ambrose Marine Pollution Bulletin Vol. 42, NO. 3. pp 224-232, 2001

Metal concentrations were measured in selected fish and invertebrate species in Mugu Lagoon, Malibu Lagoon and Ballona Wetlands. 9 pages.

CA Seismic Hazard Zones-Malibu Beach Quadrangle James Davis/Cal State.  October 2001.

This Malibu Beach Quadrangle map will assist cities and counties in fulfilling their responsibilities for protecting the public safety from the effects of earthquake-triggered ground failure as required by the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act (Public Resources Code Sections 2690-2699.6). 1 page.

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Malibu Wastewater Management IssuesLARWQCB Staff/LA Water Board August 2000.

City of Malibu wastewater disposal issues. 73 pages.

Wetland Feasibility StudyHuffman-Carpenter/MCLC.  August 2000.

Determine if wetland restoration is feasable using California Coastal Conservancy project science evaluation criteria. 138 pages.

Lower Malibu Creek and Lagoon Resource Enhancement & Management. R. Ambrose/A. Orme/UCLA.  May 2000.

The study involved eight major objectives for the lower watershed, namely an analysIs and interpretation of (1) evolution and historical development, (2) hydrology and morphodynamIcs, (3) biologIcal and water qualIty objectives and habitat associations, (4) vegetation, (5) eutrophication, (6) pathogens, (7) hydrologic alteration and human disturbance, (8) management alternatives, and (9) wetland restoratIon. The Final Report is organized under these categories, together wIth (10) a summary of management and restoration alternatIves, and (11) a concluding perspective. 

Study of Potential Water Quality Impacts on Malibu Creek and Lagoon from on-site Septic Systems. URS Greiner Woodward Clyde/City of Malibu. June 1999.

This study investigates the potential for fecal microorganisms from onsite septic systems to impact Malibu creek and lagoon. 143 pages.

Malibu Creek Watershed: A Framework for Monitoring, Enhancement and Action. Abramson, Padick, Schuman, Taylor/Heal the Bay, Coastal Conservancy. August 1998.

This design is for a long term citizen volunteer monitoring program to evaluate the water quality in the entire Malibu Creek Watershed and target areas for future studies, protection, restoration and enhancements. 156 pages

Ommissions Accomplished: Lack of a Los Angeles Water Board Enforcement Program 1992-1997Steve Fleischli, Mark Abramson, Mark Gold, Jaque Forrest, Jenny Harbine/Heal the Bay. January 1998.

General assessment to determine the extent the Los Angeles Regional Water Board’s enforcement efforts over the past six years and provide recommendations for improvements. 69 pages.

Biological Overview of Clearing Channels. EPA, State Water Board. May 1996.  Kathleen Bullard & Sean Manion/RCD.  October 1997.

Assess 11 sites in the Malibu Creek Watershed to have channels cleared. 52 pages.

An Epidemiological Study of Possible Adverse Health Effects of Swimming in the Santa Monica Bay.  EPA, State Water Board. May 1996.

Assessing storm drains that lead to the Santa Monica Bay as sources of pollution with impacts on swimming in the Santa Monica Bay. 183 pages.

Natural Resources Plan. US Dept of Agriculture/NRCS
July 1995.

Natural Resources Plan for the Malibu Creek Watershed addressing resource problems and concerns, with emphasis on water quality and quantity. 164 pages.

Enhanced Monitoring Program. Heather Trim/SM Bay Project. November 1994.  Ambrose, Suffet, Hee/NRDC, Heal the Bay, Env. Now, Tapia & Triunfo District. March 1995.

Assessment of effects of anthropogenic inputs into the creek and lagoon on the physical, chemical and biological processes in the creek and lagoon. 377 pages.

Monitoring and Response Protocol. Heather Trim/SM Bay Project. November 1994.

Review of monitoring and response protocol in the Malibu Creek Watershed. 148 pages.

Reintroducing Tide Water Goby. Sean Manion/Parks and Rec. June 1993

Malibu Lagoon and creek habitat evaluation to determine viability of Tide Water Goby re-introduction. 139 pages.

Wastewater Management Plan. Peter Warshall/City of Malibu. September 1992

Evaluation of the existing conditions of wastewater management in the city of Malibu and recommendations for future plans. 329 pages.

Malibu Lagoon: A Baseline Ecological Survey. J. Dillingham, S. Manion. March, 1989

 

 

This study gathered baseline ecological and physical data of the Malibu Lagoon ecosystem for the full year cycle from May 1987 through June 1988 by measuring and documenting physical and ecological conditions  This is the first study of such wide scope undertaken for the Malibu Lagoon. 167 pages.