Port approves $1.3M for Colorado Lagoon restoration

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colorado-lagoon-restorationThe Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a $1.3 million advance payment on December 14 to the City of Long Beach to help pay for the first phase of the Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project.

The Port’s Colorado Lagoon funding will help pay for the installation of devices to divert polluted runoff away from the lagoon and maintenance of the underground connection to Marine Stadium.

As a coastal habitat restoration project, the lagoon is an expense that the Port can fund in exchange for credits that the Port could use later should it need to take habitat in the Port area for development projects.

In February, the Port agreed to provide $300,000 to help pay for engineering studies for the second phase of the project, which intends to restore tidal flow to the lagoon.

The Colorado Lagoon is historically part of the Los Cerritos Wetlands which one totaled approximately 2,400 acres. Today, it is about 13 acres yet still attracts native species of fish, birds and other wild life. For information about the ongoing efforts to restore the urban wetlands, visit the Friends of the Colorado Lagoon at www.coloradolagoon.org.

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