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Woolsey Fire Threatens Malibu Ecosystem

Santa Monica Daily Press – November 16, 2018

The Woolsey fire has destroyed hundreds of homes in Malibu. …Though the city will rebuild, it will never be the same. The same may be true of Malibu’s abundant wild lands and famous shoreline.

Coastal Changes: Local scientists said mudflows could upset the delicate ecosystem of Malibu Lagoon, an estuary at Malibu Point, as well as the Santa Monica Bay and the area’s watershed.  “If there’s a tremendous amount of sediment, the nutrients that come along with that could impair water quality and contribute to harmful algal blooms,” said Tom Ford, executive director of the Bay Foundation. “Organisms … could be buried or displaced by sediment moving down into streams, the lagoon or the open ocean.”…READ MORE