The project consists of ecosystem restoration of Malibu Creek. The principal features of the project include:
a. removal of the Rindge Dam concrete spillway apron and the concrete arch;
b. removal of 780,000 cubic yards of impounded sediment;
c. transport of shoreline compatible sediment by trucks to Ventura Harbor and by barge to the nearshore environment off the coast of the Malibu Pier parking lot;
d. placement of the impounded sand layer in the nearshore along the Malibu shoreline;
e. disposal of remaining impounded sediment at Calabasas landfill; and
f. modification and/or removal of eight partial aquatic upstream habitat barriers on the Cold Creek and Las Virgenes Creek tributaries to Malibu Creek including Piuma Pipe Arch Culvert, Malibu Meadows Road Bridge, Crater Camp Road Bridge, Cold Canyon Road Culvert, Crags Road Culvert, White Oak Farms Dam, Lost Hills Road Culvert, and Meadow Creek Lane Channel.
The primary purpose of the project is to restore aquatic habitat connectivity along Malibu Creek and tributaries, establish a more natural sediment regime from the watershed to the shoreline, and restore aquatic habitat of sufficient quality along Malibu Creek and tributaries to sustain or enhance indigenous populations of aquatic species within the next several decades. The predominant project feature is removal of Rindge Dam. Dam removal would restore 18 miles of stream connectivity and riparian habitat for migratory wildlife and would also replenish sand and gravel to nourish shoreline and nearshore habitats.