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May 2, 1985
Volunteers will spend Sunday building and improving hiking trails in Malibu Creek State Park at the fourth annual Trails Day outing, sponsors of the event announced. Volunteers should meet at the park on Las Virgenes Road at 8:30 a.m., and should take water and a sack lunch to eat on the trail. Volunteers should also take work gloves and a hand tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or lopper, according to Jo Kitts, one of the organizers.
April 19, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Steelhead trout once packed the natural pools of Southern California's spawning rivers - that is, until the waterways were transformed into concrete drainage canals in the 1930s to protect the burgeoning flatlands from flooding. The last steelhead in the Los Angeles River was a 25-incher caught off a bridge in Glendale in 1940, two years after that stretch was paved. Today, the region's steelhead population hovers around 500 - 10% of what it was seven decades ago. "The good news is that steelhead are remarkably resilient if given half a chance," Jerry Schubel, president and chief executive of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, said last week as crews were installing plumbing and temperature controls in an exhibit he said was designed to "reveal some of the secrets of this fish and inspire conservation.
February 10, 2002 | JOHN McKINNEY
Crags Road, Malibu Creek State Park's most popular path, is a mellow ramble through the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. The route from the park entrance on Las Virgenes Road to a visitor center and the former set of the TV series "MASH" is a classic Southland hike. Many folks already have made this trek. But for a lovely variation, hike the usual route backward. Enter through the park's rear entrance and start from a rarely used trail head at Malibu Lake.
March 2, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
Four hikers hoisted by helicopter from Malibu Canyon about 3 a.m. Sunday were cited by state park rangers for "unsafe recreational activities," officials said. The group had crossed Malibu Creek when the water was low, but became stranded as rain deluged the drainage. They called authorities about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and Los Angeles County sheriff's search-and-rescue teams deployed on the ground, slogging up the narrow canyon with little visibility, sliding mud and a creek that had become a roaring river.
December 30, 2001
Our Tapia water reclamation facility, slated to help with waste water treatment for Ahmanson Ranch, has recently received coverage in "Ahmanson Ranch Water Plan All Wet, Environmentalists Say" (Dec. 18). As a public utility, it is our mandate to serve approved development. Within this context, it is important for local residents to have an accurate picture of how Tapia does--and does not--impact Malibu Creek. Foremost is the high quality of water from Tapia. "Gunk" (the term used in your article)
February 23, 1986 | MICHELE GRIMM and TOM GRIMM, The Grimms are writ ers/ photographers based in Laguna Beach.
A pair of state parks have turned the land around Malibu Creek into a haven for hikers and history buffs. Fifteen miles of trails take you into rugged back country that's a paradise for wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains. One path in Malibu Creek State Park, formerly the 20th Century Fox movie ranch, leads to the film site of the "MASH" TV series. Down at the seashore where the creek runs into the ocean, birds have found sanctuary at Malibu Lagoon State Beach.
November 1, 1987 | JEFF MEYERS, Times Staff Writer
You sit on a mesa in the Santa Monica Mountains, enchanted by the vista and wishing you had paid attention to Henry David Thoreau in school. This is everything the poets say about Mother Nature. A hawk drifting slowly in the hazy blue sky. Decaying autumn leaves adding their fragrance to the chill air. The constant sound of rushing water. And across the wooded valley below, a sheer wall of rock streaked with grays and reds. Ah, wilderness.
May 24, 2005 | Ben Marcus, Special to The Times
A RED-TAILED hawk is perched high in the bare upper branch of a eucalyptus tree. With a view from the valley to the sea and all the creatures great and small along Malibu Creek, it broadcasts a high, trilling call. And then, impossibly, like a Cessna harassing a P51 Mustang, a crow swoops down, circles it and knocks it from its perch.
Muriel Kotin is a bird buff who wants to share with others the vast array of birds that fly in and out of Southern California each year. Clad in jeans, sturdy hiking boots and a green vest with multiple pockets, she is off to see some of the 200 birds at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area in Encino. In one vest pocket is an informative book that identifies the species with color photos. Around her neck is a pair of binoculars, and on her head is a white hat decorated with numerous bird pins.
To the surprise of environmentalists, the state agency charged with regulating water quality in Los Angeles voted Monday to go beyond the recommendations of its staff and for the first time place significant restrictions on sewage discharge into Malibu Creek.
March 1, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Four hikers were stranded between two rain-swollen waterways in Malibu Creek State Park on Saturday night as rescuers attempted to reach them. Because of the stormy weather, a helicopter could not access the area, which is near the 1900 block of Las Virgenes Road between a rock pool and a creek, said Michael Pittman, a supervising dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The hikers, who called for help about 7 p.m., are not in danger, but a search-and-rescue team was expected to take four or five hours to bring them out of the canyon.
April 29, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Before the bulldozers arrived last June, Malibu Lagoon was a fully grown habitat for egrets, voles and tidewater gobies, studded with sycamore trees and clusters of tule reeds. Today, the lagoon's islands appear almost barren, covered by a sea of tiny red and blue plastic flags marking young plants just taking root. Depending on whom you talk to, the lagoon has been restored - or ruined. On Friday, bureaucrats, biologists and birders will descend on the state beach at the mouth of Malibu Creek for the ribbon cutting to mark what state officials are calling "the long and successful journey toward restoration.
December 18, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall
Even though nearly half of the Malibu Creek watershed is undeveloped open space, the creek and its mouth, Malibu Lagoon, are far from pristine. Tainted runoff from urban areas in the 101 Freeway corridor in the northern part of the watershed have overloaded the waterways with nutrients and sediment, hurting aquatic life. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new pollution standards for the creek and lagoon to reduce sedimentation and levels of nitrogen and phosphorus that stoke harmful algae growth.
March 11, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
In a victory for environmental groups, a federal appeals court panel has found Los Angeles County and the county flood control district responsible for discharging polluted storm runoff that flows down the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers to the Pacific Ocean. An opinion Thursday by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Santa Monica Baykeeper, which argued that the county should be liable for allowing billions of gallons of heavily polluted stormwater to flow untreated each year into the region's rivers and eventually to the ocean, where it can sicken swimmers and surfers.
October 2, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
When Malibu's new central park opens Saturday, visitors will see sculptures of a giant king snake and burrowing owl covered in jazzy mosaic tiles. And those who stroll the park's decomposed granite pathways will observe hillocks, 500 freshly planted trees and cyan-colored patches of mulch and seeds that should grow to resemble coastal prairie. Less obvious, however, will be the park's reason for being: reducing water pollution. Buried beneath visitors' feet is a sophisticated network of pipes and filters engineered to remove bacteria, metals and trash from the stormwater runoff that has long contaminated Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon and the point break at Surfrider Beach.
November 7, 2009 | Martha Groves
One after another, surfers young and older trooped to the microphone to recount their encounters with the polluted waves off Malibu's Surfrider Beach. They told of bouts of diarrhea, conjunctivitis that wouldn't heal and heart-damaging Coxsackie B4 virus. Some talked of inhaling the pervasive Malibu stench and watching raw sewage pour through the city's streets and parking lots. In the end, the testimony of the surfers helped carry the day Thursday for supporters of a ban on new septic systems in the vibrant commercial heart of one of Southern California's most exclusive enclaves.
September 8, 1986 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
After a four-month survey and examinations in Malibu and San Diego laboratories, state biologists have concluded that a small number of steelhead trout--a prized giant fish that was thought to have died out in Southern California--have returned to Malibu Creek. The creek is believed to be the steelhead's southernmost home in the United States. As a protective measure, organizers of the survey recommended last week that all fishing be prohibited in a 2.
February 15, 2008 | Pete Thomas, ON THE OUTDOORS
There are no strips of torn clothing on the trail, revealing the way. But there is a shrieking yellow hawk perched on the treetop, indicating a right turn. And in a distant clearing, where sky unfurls widely above a break in foliage, two resident ravens direct traffic from overhead. Hikers can place their trust in these avian signposts, but they're highly mobile and, thus, untrustworthy. So it's best simply to follow the signs. . . .
July 23, 2009 | Associated Press
Authorities say they have removed about 3,500 marijuana plants found growing in sensitive parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains. The National Park Service said Wednesday that trash, pipes, camping equipment, fertilizer and pesticides also were removed Tuesday from three plantations. Two were in Malibu Creek State Park and one in the Zuma-Trancas Canyon area.
June 3, 2009 | Martha Groves
The city of Malibu has issued a request for bids to build its proposed Legacy Park on Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of the Civic Center area. The project would create an educational park for the community, with a variety of coastal habitats, and would serve as a storm water treatment facility. Interested contractors will be able to view more than 200 sheets of plans to help formulate their bids, which are due by July 16. Construction of the eight-acre storm water detention pond and park will involve earthwork and grading, paving, walkways, landscaping and irrigation systems, bridges, educational kiosks, donor acknowledgments and art. Some environmental groups, including Heal the Bay, have criticized the project because it does not also address the area's serious wastewater problems, which are blamed largely on aging septic systems.
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