Civic Center Stormwater Treatment Facility


The purpose of this project was to reduce the amount of bacteriological contamination entering Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach, reducing the number of beach postings and closures.

Project Details

The Civic Center Stormwater Treatment Facility project included the design and installation of a stormwater treatment facility to provide filtration and disinfection of dry-weather flows and first flush runoff. This runoff is approximately 1000 gallons per minute (gpm) from the Civic Center storm drain, plus approximately 200 gpm from the Cross Creek and Malibu Road storm drains. The project consisted of constructing pump stations and all related piping at the Cross Creek drain, Malibu Road drain, and the central treatment facility site.

Stromwater Treatment

The City will re-use the treated stormwater for landscaping in the Civic Center area during low flow periods. The dry and wet weather treated stormwater is also used for irrigation of nearby Legacy Park.
A grand opening celebration, attended by the City Council, State Senator Sheila Kuehl, State Assemblymember Julia Brownley, and other agency representatives was held on February 2, 2007.


Funding for the project included $4 million from the State Water Resources Control Board's Clean Beaches Initiative (CBI) grant program, $1 million from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission/State Coastal Conservancy, $500,000 from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, and $300,000 from the City of Malibu General Fund.