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'Landmark' Ban Of Malibu Septic Tanks Anticipated: Environmentalists Urge It On This Week With 'Surf-In'

Malibu can be a perplexing place. Built on the enchanting beachhead of the Chumash Indians, its hills beam with mystic wealth while ocean-side slabs stand brave against the lull of the usually calm, Santa Monica Bay surf. The waters are strangely tropical in appearance - clear, blue green and often covered in kelp. And full of crap.

That's right, Malibu might be paved in real estate gold, but its waters are some of the worst along the West Coast thanks to a stubborn preference for leaky septic tanks that often foul the waters of Surfrider State Beach. The State Water Control Board will vote on reaffirming its ban on septic tanks in Malibu next week. And a coalition of environmental groups will urge it on Thursday with a "surf-in."

Surfrider Foundation, Santa Monica Baykeeper, the Malibu Surfing Association and Heal the Bay will participate in the 10 a.m. event to encourage the board to undertake a "landmark decision," according to a statement from Heal the Bay.

It all happens at "Surfrider, the birthplace of California beach culture and the home of one of nature's most perfect waves."


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