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Alamitos Bay Water Quality Enhancement

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Additional project updates and information will be published on an on-going basis.

Latest Updates - May 2024

The Community Development Department, Planning Bureau is leading California Environmental Quality Act (CEQUA) process for this project in accordnace with state regulation and City procedures. The Alamitos Bay Water Quality Enhancement Project - Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report can be accessed online at the City's website: https:www.longbeach.gov/lbcd/planning/environmental/reports/

The Notice of Preparation (NOP) has specific instructions on how comments on the NOP can be submitted and additional details including information about the public comment period and virtual public scoping meeting.

 
  • January 2024 Update

    The City of Long Beach is hosting a virtual community meeting to provide recent updates on the Alamitos Bay Water Quality Enhancement Project. The meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, January 29, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

    Meeting registration is required and can be done at: http://bit.ly/abwqe

    Notable project updates, current schedule, and information on the environmental review process will be discussed at the meeting. There will be an opportunity for community members to ask questions at the end of the presentation.  Requests for interpretation services must be submitted by January 22, 2024, and can be sent to contactlbpw@longbeach.gov.

  • September 2023 Update

    Preliminary engineering design for the this City project is still underway and anticipated to conclude this year. The preliminary engineering design will be used to inform environmental documentation, permitting, and anticipated project costs. The City continues to evaluate funding opportunities for final design, construction, operations, maintenance, and monitoring for the project.

    On August 29, 2023, a project update presentation was provided to the Climate, Environment, and Coastal Protection Committee.

    On September 13, 2023, a meeting was held at the Long Beach Yacht Club. A project update was presented to the community.

  • April 2023 Update

    Preliminary engineering design for the project is underway and anticipated to conclude this year. This information will be used to inform environmental documentation, permitting, and anticipated project costs. The City continues to evaluate funding opportunities for final design, construction, operations, maintenance, and monitoring for the project.

    The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is the regulatory agency overseeing the statewide Water Quality Control Policy on the Use of Coastal and Estuarine Waters for Power Plant Cooling (Once-Through Cooling or OTC Policy). Information regarding their draft policy amendment to extend the compliance date of Alamitos Units 3, 4, 5, and other units in the state for three years from December 31, 2023, to December 31, 2026 is available at: https://bit.ly/swbcwa316b.

    On February 9, 2023, a project update presentation was given to the Maine Advisory Commission.


Project Information

The Alamitos Bay Water Quality Enhancement (ABWQE) Project protects water quality in Alamitos Bay by maintaining existing water circulation with new fish-friendly pumps that are completely separate from power plant cooling operations. Alamitos Bay is a highly utilized coastal resource for aquatic recreation and is subject to high levels of human contact year-round which include recreation, hosting local and international aquatic events, and supporting future aquatic events for the 2028 Olympic Games. The Once-Through-Cooling (OTC) Pumps at AES Alamitos have provided forced tidal circulation in Alamitos Bay for over 57 years and are scheduled to be phased out at the end of 2026 under current State regulations. Maintaining circulation with new fish-friendly pumps promotes water quality that is safe for human contact and safe for fish in the bay.

Operation and regulation of power plants are not within the scope of this project. Private entities and external government agencies oversee the operation and regulation of these facilities.

The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is the regulatory agency overseeing the statewide Water Quality Control Policy on the use of water quality control on the use of coastal and estuarine waters for power plant cooling (OTC Policy). Information regarding policy amendment to extend the compliance date of Alamitos Units 3, 4, 5 and other units in the state for three years from December 31, 2023 to December 31, 2026 is available at http://bit.ly/cwa316.

Project Funding

Preliminary engineering for this project is funded by Tidelands Funds and Measure A Funds along with a contribution from AES Alamitos.

Project Contact

colin.averill@longbeach.gov

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