BAM! Month of events keeps local eyes on the Breakwater
2010-05-12 · By Editor
Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell has declared the month of May Breakwater Awareness Month.
The Long Beach Breakwater is a federal structure which was originally built for the City’s naval base. Since the closing of the base, numerous advocacy groups have asserted that reconfiguring the Breakwater can improve water quality, as well as provide coastal recreation opportunities and economic benefits to the City.
The City Council voted to undertake a reconnaissance study of the Long Beach Breakwater in order to determine federal interest in its reconfiguration. After years of study and advocacy, the Federal Army Corps of Engineers is expected to reach a decision in the coming months.
Councilmember O’Donnell, a longtime supporter of Breakwater study, is announcing three upcoming events related to Breakwater Awareness Month.
The first event, which will take place this week, is a multi-media Breakwater exhibit at the local Shelter Surf Shop, titled “Big Thursday.” The night will provide a social forum for breakwater advocates, many of whom will be honored for their work improving the region’s water quality.
On May 22, the Councilmember will host a surfing paddle out at the beach, commemorating the Breakwater’s affect on wave and tidal activity. It has been dubbed “A Paddle Out in Memory of the Waves.” Local surfers and residents are encouraged to attend this event with their surfboards, and paddle out as a group in support of interest in the Breakwater Study.
The Breakwater Awareness events will culminate in a community meeting during which Tom Modica with the City’s Government Affairs office, will provide a review and update of the reconnaissance study.
“These are three great events for one great cause,” said O’Donnell. ” I have long been an advocate of studying this issue as a means to clean our water, restore our shore and improve our local beach economy.”
These Breakwater Awareness events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the office of Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell at (562) 570-6918.
Breakwater Event details:
Big Thursday Breakwater Mutli-Media event
Thursday, May 13 from 6:00- 8:00pm at Shelter Surf Shop- 2148 E. 4th Street
A Paddle Out in Memory of the Waves
Saturday, May 22 from 10:00-11:30 am- the beach at Ocean and Granada
Breakwater Study Community Meeting
Monday, May 24 from 7:00-8:30 pm at Ecco’s Pizza 2123 Bellflower Blvd.