Malibu Living Shoreline Project
The Malibu Living Shoreline Project aims to restore 3-acres of sandy beach and dune habitat at Zuma and Westward Beaches. Partnering with the City of Malibu, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, and California State Coastal Conservancy, TBF launched efforts to begin the planning phase of this project in early 2018. The Malibu Living Shoreline Restoration Project aims to achieve the following three goals:
Goal 1 – Increase the resiliency of the shoreline through the restoration of sandy beach and foredune habitat
This project aims to restore 3-acres of sandy beach and dune habitat into a healthy living shoreline that will provide multiple ecosystem benefits, like habitat for shorebirds and native flowering plants, and shoreline stabilization to protect the beach we love so much!
Goal 2 – Implement “soft-scape” protection measures against sea level rise and coastal storms
Seeded and specialized foredune vegetation will grow and begin trapping sand transported by the wind and pushed onshore by waves. As vegetation begins to grow, so will the dunes! Dunes can provide a natural defense against sea level rise and coastal storms.
Goal 3 – Increase engagement of the community through enhanced beach experiences, outreach, and education
In addition to reducing coastal hazards and providing habitat for shorebirds, this project will encourage nature-based tourism and increase community awareness of living shorelines while still allowing all other existing recreational uses of the beach to continue.
Stay tuned for more info on this project. In the meantime, please visit The Santa Monica Beach Restoration Pilot Project page to learn more about sandy beach and foredune restoration.