CLEAN WATER IN MALIBU - SUPPORT THE SEPTIC PROHIBITION!

TARGET:   California State Water Resources Control Board

Approve the Basin Plan amendment adopted under the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board Resoultion No. R4-2009-007 - phasing out existing and prohibiting new septic systems in the Malibu Civic Center area.

Surfrider Beach is a crown jewel of surfing, an iconic beach, and the birthplace of the California beach lifestyle. Unfortunately, Surfrider is also one of the state’s most polluted beaches, receiving poor water quality grades in the Beach Report Card every year for nearly two decades.

Malibu Creek's lower watershed area
Malibu Creek lower watershed - Malibu Colony in the foreground

It has been scientifically demonstrated that commercial and residential septic tanks in the Malibu Civic Center area are a major source of pollutants into Lower Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon and ultimately Surfrider Beach.  The Lagoon and Beach have been impaired for well over a decade and are included on the State’s 303(d) List of Impaired Waterbodies.

After many years, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) finally stepped up to solve this serious public health issue by adopting a prohibition on new septics and a phase-out of current septics in the Civic Center area while the City of Malibu pursues a permanent solution. The adopted prohibition is a long overdue, legally enforceable action that should fulfill the promise of improving  water at Surfrider Beach. 

There is great urgency in solving the water quality issues in the Malibu Civic Center area.  Over a million people visit Surfrider annually, and beach-goers have spent decades recreating in polluted waters with major health consequences. Enough is enough.

A prohibition is a critical step towards improving water quality in Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach to protect human health and aquatic life.  Malibu has the potential to move forward with an integrated watershed management approach that utilizes recycled water and filtered stormwater instead of relying on potable water for all City needs.

YOU CAN HELP!

Sign our petition asking the California State Water Board to approve the Basin Plan amendment adopted under RWQCB Resolution No. R4-2009-007 – phasing out existing and prohibiting new septic systems in the Malibu Civic Center area.

This petition is supported by Surfrider Foundation's West LA/Malibu Chapter,
Heal The Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Malibu Surfing Association.

Thank you for your support!

Surfrider Foundation - West LA/Malibu Chapter               Clean Water At The 'BU         

Dear Chair Hoppin and California State Water Resources Control Board Members;

Over a million people visit Surfrider Beach annually, and beach-goers have spent decades recreating in polluted waters with major health consequences.

It has been scientifically demonstrated that commercial and residential septic tanks in the Malibu Civic Center area are a major source of pollutants into the Lower Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon, and ultimately Surfrider Beach.

A prohibition on new septics and phase-out of current septics in the Civic Center area is a critical step towards improving water quality at Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach to protect human health and aquatic life.

We therefore urge the California State Water Resources Control Board to support the Basin Plan amendment adopted under RWQCB Resolution No. R4-2009-007 – which would phase out existing and prohibit new septic systems in the Malibu Civic Center area.

Thank you for your consideration.
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Number Date Name Location
521 Sat Sep 18 20:36:08 EDT 2010 Sam Woolsey Los Angeles, This is the most progressive state in The Union. To not have clean water dumping into our Oceans shows a complete lack of respect and education. It is the right thing to do.
520 Fri Sep 17 18:41:29 EDT 2010 Lisa Saperstein S. Royalton,
519 Fri Sep 17 17:49:27 EDT 2010 Chad Nelsen Laguna Beach, Clean water at Malibu makes economic sense: http://bit.ly/9LNIZM
518 Thu Sep 16 19:45:34 EDT 2010 William Wasmer Woodland Hills,
517 Thu Sep 16 09:14:32 EDT 2010 Anonymous Havertown,
516 Thu Sep 16 03:53:29 EDT 2010 W Burgess Los Angeles, Let's protect our ocean; as goes the sea, so go we.
515 Thu Sep 16 01:20:14 EDT 2010 Nicholas Kaeller Thousand Oaks,
514 Thu Sep 16 00:20:08 EDT 2010 Anonymous Agoura Hills,
513 Thu Sep 16 00:14:10 EDT 2010 Tyler Ladinsky Santa Cruz,
512 Wed Sep 15 23:46:38 EDT 2010 renee klein marina del rey,
511 Wed Sep 15 23:15:57 EDT 2010 Majid Ali Culver City,
510 Wed Sep 15 22:39:41 EDT 2010 Pat Lodge San Luis Obispo,
509 Wed Sep 15 20:10:54 EDT 2010 David Tadlock Northridge,
508 Wed Sep 15 19:57:07 EDT 2010 Diane Carpenter Reseda Ranch,
507 Wed Sep 15 19:39:23 EDT 2010 Angus Mcdonald Los Angeles, No more poo at the 'Bu!
506 Wed Sep 15 18:47:02 EDT 2010 Robert Bowman Dayton,
505 Wed Sep 15 18:37:16 EDT 2010 chris bruno studio city, Please do the right thing...!!!
504 Wed Sep 15 18:30:47 EDT 2010 Anonymous Santa Monica,
503 Wed Sep 15 17:23:31 EDT 2010 Marla Gardner Santa Monica,
502 Wed Sep 15 16:50:44 EDT 2010 Martin McCarthy Los Angeles, As a lifelong surfer, scuba diver, fisherman and VOTER in Los Angeles County, I have long enjoyed the beaches and Coastline at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, and wholeheartedly support Clean Water at Malibu More....
501 Wed Sep 15 16:47:41 EDT 2010 Kit Stadlinger Woodland Hills,
500 Wed Sep 15 16:36:56 EDT 2010 Michael Gould Pacific Palisades,
499 Wed Sep 15 15:55:50 EDT 2010 Alex Cheney Santa Monica,
498 Wed Sep 15 15:42:01 EDT 2010 David Esterly Westlake Village,
497 Wed Sep 15 15:35:22 EDT 2010 Alison Andersson Venice,
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