The California Coastal Commission (CCC) has expressed its concern on an amendment to Malibu Local Coastal Program. This is evident in a report by the CCC that if field lighting is allowed at Malibu High School, it could cause light pollution. It reiterates that even mitigation measures will not eradicate the negative impacts of the pollution to the wildlife.
The CCC has recommended in its report that the outdoor lighting plan at the high school be quashed. The commission says that there should be an amendment incorporating an extensive survey of the lighting project. A monitoring program should also be established to ensure that any effects of the project on wildlife will be noted.
The report goes ahead to say that lighting such as dark sky lighting affects night-migrating birds. These birds are affected in many ways when they are attracted to artificial lights. Outdoor lighting especially close to beaches where fog is common illuminates the sky making it visible from far away.
Some of the major problems cited by the commission about the amendment are as follows:
• It doesn’t conform to the provisions of the Land use Policy
• It may interfere with migratory and nesting habits of Owls and Raptors
• It is not well thought out regarding its impacts and not enough monitoring is accounted for
The CCC has recommended some changes to be done on the proposed amendments. These will help minimize the damage that may be caused if the amendments are accepted as they are.
One of the amendments is to minimize the light and make it point directly downward. There should also be use of the best designs to prevent leakage of light and sky glow. Another major rule is to limit the lighting to a maximum of three days per week. The commission also proposes that light be limited to not later than 7:30 p.m. during the migratory periods. The proposed changes prescribe that the plan be carried out with vigilant monitoring by a qualified ecologist.