The Topanga coastline in Los Angeles County has been an important site for the Tongva for time immemorial and provides incredible beach recreation opportunities, natural beauty, and wildlife habitat, including a passageway for the federally endangered steelhead trout. The Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project offers an opportunity to help enhance and conserve Topanga lagoon while strengthening the climate resilience of its surrounding coastline.
Currently, Topanga is facing serious threats such as sea-level rise, significant coastal erosion during storms and king tides, and constricted lagoon habitat. It is clear that actively planning for current and future impacts of climate change through a proactive restoration project that does not adversely affect the beach or quality of Topanga’s renowned surf break is paramount.
To help ensure the best conservation and resiliency outcomes for Topanga, The Surfrider Foundation’s Los Angeles Chapter is working with local stakeholders and lead organizations in the Topanga Lagoon Restoration Project, including California State Parks, theResource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCD), and Friends of Topanga Point. We are collaborating with coastal engineers and experts, local community members, and surfers to help balance ecosystem, wildlife, coastal resilience, and beach recreation needs. Our goals are to ensure that all voices are heard in the planning stages of this project and ensure a healthy and thriving coastal environment with continued beach enjoyment for all.