The Malibu Times 3/18/17,
letter to the editor by Ted Vaill
Again, the ugly
head of the Rindge Dam removal has reared up. The Army Corps of
Engineers and California State Parks, again spearheaded by
Malibu Lagoon-destroyer Suzanne Goode, are heading up this
for spending $160 million or so over eight years to bring down
the dam and cart off the silt behind it: To allow Steelhead
trout to swim another 10 miles upstream in Malibu Creek.
(That is about $1.6 million per fish, I figure.) Under the Army
Corps plan, the silt would be trucked directly to the Malibu
Pier area and dumped; the State Parks plan is even more
environmentally damaging, having the dump trucks haul the silt
from Malibu Canyon to the Calabasas Landfill and then on the 101
Freeway to Ventura, where it would be barged down to the Malibu
shoreline. The thousands of truckloads of sand and gravel
removed would take seven or eight years to complete, clogging traffic
on Malibu Canyon Road and PCH.
I do a lot of
hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, and have discovered two
1. I have seen
30 or so steelhead trout in several remote pools of water deep
in the Santa Monica Mountains, in other streams than the three
cited by Goode. I question the number of 100 steelhead trout
cited by her; I think there are many more steelhead trout
thriving in our mountain streams today.
2. I have hiked
several times up Malibu Creek and to the top of the Rindge Dam,
and there is no way steelhead trout will be able to surmount the
rock cliffs and waterfalls that will remain after the dam is
brought down. Even spawning salmon could not do it.
Spending $160 million on this project
is a waste of money, and will damage the environment. There is
also the possibility that during times of heavy rains, Sierra
Retreat and Malibu Lagoon could be flooded and damaged severely
Use the $160
million for other needed projects, such as repairing or
rebuilding the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, or
purchasing and preserving land there for public use.
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C.
section 107, any copyrighted material
herein is distributed without profit or
payment to those who have expressed a
prior interest in receiving this
information for non-profit research and
educational purposes only. For more
information go to: