PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/24/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:092418
Subject:
City Reveals Six East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Draft Alternatives
Contact:
Diana Tang
Manager of Government Affairs
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6506
Diana.Tang@longbeach.gov




Earlier today, Mayor Robert Garcia presented the much-anticipated six draft alternatives derived from the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study (Study). The draft alternatives were developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District in collaboration with the City of Long Beach, federal agencies, other local governments and key stakeholders to provide a range of ecosystem improvements that may be possible within the Study.

“I am encouraged to see a range of alternatives that will achieve ecosystem restoration including two that include breakwater reconfiguration,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Science will drive the outcome of the study, but we are committed to the protection of property and infrastructure.”

The City and the Corps have nearly completed technical analyses of the existing conditions in East San Pedro Bay and the draft alternatives, including coastal habitat evaluations, wave modeling and cost effectiveness analysis. As a condition of moving forward with the study, additional information related to potential navigation impacts and potential mitigation for those impacts is still needed.

The community is invited to review the six draft alternatives being released publicly, specifically for technical feedback on potential impacts to navigational operations. Draft alternatives include options to add physical structures, such as rocky reefs, wetlands and kelp beds to the bay, as well as to modify the Long Beach Breakwater. The draft alternatives and an update on the study will be presented at a community meeting, hosted by the City, at 5:30 p.m., on October 10, 2018, at the Bixby Park Community Center, 130 Cherry Ave., Long Beach.

"We have a strong partnership with the City of Long Beach on the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study," said David Van Dorpe, deputy District engineer with the Corps' Los Angeles District. "With this study, we have a unique opportunity to restore degraded ocean habitat in coastal southern California. We know how important this study is to the community and look forward to public release of the draft Integrated Feasibility Report-Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report in early 2019."

The Corps and the City initiated the study in February 2016. The goal is to restore and improve aquatic ecosystem structure and function for increased habitat biodiversity and ecosystem value within the East San Pedro Bay. The City’s continued involvement in the Study is to protect the city’s interests and remain true to the City’s original intent for the Study, which is to improve the ecosystem in habitat function, water quality and the recreational value of the city’s beaches within the East San Pedro Bay.

As the study moves into the environmental review process, all alternatives will be evaluated equally and presented fully within the reports, for which official public comment will be welcome. For more information on the study, the six draft alternatives or to provide the requested technical feedback on navigation operational impacts, the community can visit www.longbeach.gov/citymanager/tidelands/bay-ecosystem-study/

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Home to about 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city, while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach and many award-winning city departments, like health, parks, recreation and marine, development services and more. The city also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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