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Latest Update on the Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project

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Comment on the Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project

The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains is teaming up with CA State Parks to restore the Topanga Lagoon, so that endangered Southern California steelhead trout have a better chance of safely passing through local creeks. The project, funded by the CA State Coastal Conservancy, will also be focused on enhancing visitor use and accessibility, a new visitor center, lower-cost accommodations, and more. The State Parks will hold two public meetings tor receive comments on the environmental analysis in the Draft EIR.

The Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) officially dropped on February 12th, 2024. The public can provide comments and feedback on the DEIR until April 12th, 2024 at 5pm PST.  Access the DEIR and learn how to comment at the link below. 

State Parks will hold two public meetings to receive comments on the environmental analysis in the Draft EIR at the following locations.  You must RSVP for upcoming meetings regarding the project by following this link.

  • February 24, 10 a.m. to noon, Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402. This meeting will be live streamed at youtube.com/@rcdsmm.
  • February 28, 6 to 8 p.m., Topanga Community Center, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290.

Written comments will be accepted through April 12, 2024, until 5 p.m. and can be submitted the following ways:

Website: Topangalagoonrestoration.org/

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mail: California Department of Parks and Recreation, Attn: John Ota, Environmental Scientist, 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302.

What Are the Goals for the Restoration?

Environmentally, the lagoon will improve fish passage for southern steelhead, protect and enhance tidewater goby and bird habitat, increase wetland and transitional habitat, and improve water quality while accommodating for the projected increase in wave action and tidal levels due to sea level rise. Anticipated visitor-serving elements to be investigated in the project design process will include lower cost accommodations, restoration of Ranch Motel structures, area for restaurants, a visitor center with public restrooms, interpretive information, nature trails, parking, a picnic area, surf viewing, and beach access. This planning and design will also include preserving both the cultural archaeological significance of the site and the surf break. 

- Restore Topanga Lagoon without impacting surf break
- Engage community to establish goals for the lagoon and visitor-serving elements of the project
- Provide a natural gateway into Topanga State Park with minimal built structures
- Provide affordable overnight lodging and concessions
- Evaluate opportunities for adaptive reuse of Topanga Ranch Motel
- Locate interpretive and educational elements for visitors

On Feb. 29, 2020, the project team held a public meeting regarding the design elements of the project. 

If you were unable to make it to that first meeting, you can still view the public meeting presentation and the minutes, as well as all of the public comments.

Download meeting presentation.

Download meeting minutes.

Read more, submit your comments, and sign up for project updates on the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains' website: https://www.rcdsmm.org/resources/topanga-lagoon-restoration/

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