The California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) is preparing to move forward on the Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project and will hold a Public Scoping Meeting via Zoom on June 11th at 10 a.m.
The CDPR will be the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will be the lead agency and will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project.
Responsible and trustee agencies, as well as interested parties are invited to comment as to the scope and content of the environmental information to be included in the EIR.
The restoration project is a multi-agency plan that seeks to restore ecological values of the coastal lagoon by expanding the existing footprint from its current condition of less than one acre to 7-10-acres. The project would improve the ecological condition and hydrologic functions of the lagoon to more closely resemble a natural condition. As part of the Project, the existing Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) bridge over Topanga Creek would be reconstructed with a longer span to accommodate a wider lagoon. The project would also improve coastal access and recreation in a way that supports and enhances biological and cultural values. The project background, location, description, and the potential environmental effects are available at: .rcdsmm.org/resources/topanga-lagoon-restoration.
Comments must be submitted no later than June 22, 2022. Send comments to: TopangaLagoonRestorationProject@esassoc.com and provide the name and contact information for a contact person in your agency.
Contact Sr. Environmental Scientist Danielle LeFer at Danielle.LeFer@parks.ca.gov; or (818) 857-2498, with questions.