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Sun surf city and and million dollar homes but there's something missing from this coastal paradise.
-- -- -- -- For centuries here in Malibu California the -- used to travel back and forth between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains.
But that all changed when humans -- then.
And by 1949 they build these.
-- coast highway and that block the passage ability for the -- had to go upstream.
From the ocean and has -- So sixty years after the people got their highway California wants the Trout to get -- -- currently appear fish.
And you're swimming in from the ocean.
They're gonna come of this and it's.
It's like a damn right they're gonna happen jump -- Into this shallow concrete channel and then.
The battle up through -- look -- and they get to the natural stream on the other side of Pacific coast time.
And the fish can't do -- so the California Department of Transportation will be spending a million dollars building up fish ladder to help them.
In the footsteps.
Every twenty feet we'll be afoot now have high and don't create the latter which -- called a fish ladder while officially jump before the half.
They'll be a little pool there are so it can rest for a second -- swim up a little further jump another foot little pool there are so it can rest.
And continue until I can get upstream through the Pacific Coast Highway.
If we restore passage in places throughout the Santa Monica Mountains.
Throughout the range of the southern steelhead Trout and then we open opportunities for them to spawn again it's one of those rare opportunities where you can.
Actually create suitable habitat and connect again and potentially have the -- go back.
It's endangers species -- what we're trying to do is bring back.
Steelhead Trout this area and we pray that certainly these are tough economic times and we understand that.
And so some balance no doubt.
The balance not everyone agrees well.
How women that in difficult times I mean I think that the fact that we have the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
And that we have continuing to -- jobs leave the -- -- a rather lose a Republican running for congress and the district that contains Malibu.
People are sympathetic to being able to conserve that beauty and the landscape of a wonderful state like California.
But it's hard to reconcile that against the backdrop of people having difficult times paying their mortgage putting food on the table putting gas in their car.
In fact California is broke.
Worse than breath.
The state is facing a more than nineteen billion dollar budget deficits.
To Governor Schwarzenegger just demanded twelve sleek form billion dollars in.
To programs like welfare child care and mental health services.
California a little no longer has low hanging fruits.
-- we don't have any medium hanging fruits.
Fuels -- don't have any high hanging fruits.
We midriff to take the -- with nutrient shake or treat.
This happens to be one of many projects funded by bonds voted on by the voters here in the state of California.
Before at this state fell into a deep financial mess.
There was -- a proposition that was to fund specifically projects to improve water quality and to improve habitat.
Sure aquatic organisms and so that money can only be spent on projects that achieve those two goals.
At the time that that bond a bond who voted upon.
The state was in a completely different set of circumstances.
Certainly there's there are some individuals that you know would rather.
We take that money and and I think employees and what what -- -- it before these furloughs and but you know I think that vast majority of people support the concept.
Reintroducing this endangered species into this area.
Better fish -- the best way to do that some environmentalists.
All the people that are dealing with fish passage project considered -- fish ladder the worst.
And the last possible option.
You look for many other options before you would never even consider a fish -- 2000 -- -- a lot of bowl records.
To make sure that it goes out to the ocean and then they can put their little stuff in there.
You get the fish up and our call for.
It's certainly not going to be.
A sandy beach it's a sixty foot wide 120 foot long 2000 tons -- -- Channel.
Abramson would rather knock out the Colbert and put in a bridge for both fish and people to use and then even have a fish never showed up.
That's still a good project that gives us a bridge we'll get at least another fifty years of life out of it.
And -- million dollar price tag might be just the beginning.
This is a picture of a fish ladder built for a million dollars eight years ago in Santa Paula about an hour away.
It no longer works in the federal government's considering spending seven and a half million more to redo it.
I called the -- now -- still had chopped pork.
Because there's a whole lot -- -- but I am series check out.
Joe Blaine lives on the Malibu property belonging to Daniel -- Whose restaurant but sent to the solstice canyon creek.
Unfortunately this system is set up so that nobody.
Says well -- don't want any more money.
Everybody says it's Sacramento this in this more money federal government's in this one month.
-- refused to let Caltrans used part of this property for the project.
He was threatened with having it seized by eminent domain.
This is -- for the Trout right enough dishes that have been any future literacy in -- 35 years.
We know why didn't witness who is usually not what -- what do you say -- whether it -- second -- -- throughout -- you've never seen a session here.
But advocates say hi could soon change.
The great thing about these issues that they're like the -- the king's -- if you build it they will come -- opportunistic.
In the way they go to their home.
Spawning grounds and -- the creek is suitable as if they can get up that they will do so.
How to we say we're putting session before families and I think we're putting fish the performance I actually think faults and incorrectly stated.
The fish are part of our world.
And when we start removing and taking out this is about world -- -- -- And joining us now are only clear hard look I'm all in favor we should I'm gonna conservationist.
Good stewards of the gift -- against god gave us.
Here's a problem we have unemployment now in California's twelve point 6%.
California has a twenty billion dollar budget deficit that's the problem the state of California voted for -- they said they wanted this money to go to efforts to -- session this type of thing -- Now they're saying at least the people that we talk -- you are saying.
Hold on and that we're spending a lot of money almost a million dollars to save the session is this really the right time to do that so that the controversy there in California but this isn't the right time we don't they look I'd love to do -- wonderful projects worthy projects you -- to help people but right now California by the way.
Has slashed each child care programs mental health programs California's welfare program that's one point four million people it'll be impacted by this.
So we're really come down -- simple question.
Save the patient must save the people rallied her in the story I consider asking environmentalists as I said are you choosing fish ever families -- -- -- you can't even ask that because we need the -- to be part of the ecosystem from.
It says she makes a good point.
I definitely see both sides.
But there's also -- issue of spending a lot of money maybe -- outing or eighteen point one billion dollar.
Journalist I have to -- -- you you have to see both sides I have to see one side the right side -- they just get him a boat catch the fish.
And then you know moving to the other side they can do we its -- ferry service from fish.
Adding that not veto a latter fish -- -- Your taxpayer dollars at work Ainsley great report they appreciate it.
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