Community Invited To Attend Meeting on Los Cerritos Wetlands Conceptual Restoration Plan

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A multi-agency effort to restore the Los Cerritos Wetlands, one of the last remaining wetlands in Long Beach, California began in May 2011 and will take another step forward later this week. The public is invited to join the City of Long Beach, Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, Aquarium of the Pacific, and a team of local wetland experts to learn more about the progress of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Conceptual Restoration Plan, which will be based upon existing wetland habitats, hydrology and incorporate public access components into the final design product.

This exciting workshop will be held Thursday, March 8 at the Aquarium of the Pacific located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California 90802 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Parking in the nearby parking structure will be validated free of charge.

“The City of Long Beach is invested in this restoration process,” says Mayor Bob Foster. “The Los Cerritos Wetlands is truly a hidden gem in this City.”

At Thursday’s meeting, experts on the Los Cerritos Wetlands will describe the development of the Conceptual Restoration Plan, information regarding the San Gabriel River Watershed, public access, hydrology, and opportunities and constraints to the wetlands restoration process. After a presentation on baseline ecological data that has been gathered from existing wetland habitats, the community will have an opportunity to provide input into the design of the restoration plan.

“The Los Cerritos Wetlands Conceptual Restoration Plan will set the stage for future restoration efforts at our local estuary,” says Long Beach Councilmember Gary DeLong, and Chair of the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. “Through restoration, conservation, and preservation, the Los Cerritos Wetlands will once again become a biologically productive area of many wetland species for future generations to enjoy.”

*The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority
The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA) is a joint powers authority composed of the City of Long Beach, City of Seal Beach, the State Coastal Conservancy and the Lower Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. The Wetlands Complex is approximately 500 acres total, and to date the LCWA has acquired approximately 171 acres, with the Long Beach parcel adding another 33.77 acres into public trust.

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