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Breakwater Study Moves Forward

Release Date: 2018-09-25

Yesterday, we presented the six draft project alternatives from the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem/Breakwater Study to our community. I am encouraged to see a range of alternatives that will achieve ecosystem restoration including two that include breakwater reconfiguration. Science will drive the outcome of the study, but we are committed to the protection of property and infrastructure.

The draft alternatives for the Study 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. I want to thank all our of partner agencies that have worked so hard with us over the years to develop these alternatives.

Community input is very important to this process and everyone 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. Two of the alternatives that we presented include removing 1/3 of the Breakwater and another that creates two 1000 ft. notches in the structure.

We initiated the study in February 2016. As the study moves into the environmental review process, all alternatives will be evaluated equally and presented fully within the reports. There will be ample opportunities for official public comment. We hope to have an update for you in early 2019. 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 the page here.