Residents Invited to Attend The Colorado Lagoon Grand Re-opening Celebration Saturday, August 25

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colorado-lagoon Water Quality Improvements CelebratedLooking for a cool place to beat the heat?  Join the City of Long Beach and Friends of Colorado Lagoon (FOCL) as they celebrate the Grand Re-opening of the Colorado Lagoon on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

This event will be held at the Colorado Lagoon (5119 E. Colorado Street), near the Wetlands and Marine Science Education Center, which is located at the intersection of Colorado Street and Appian Way. The Grand Re-opening Celebration is a free, family fun event open to the public and will feature remarks from dignitaries, live music, Lagoon tours, food vendors, informational tables, and activities the whole family will enjoy.

The Colorado Lagoon has been closed to the public since January, as construction crews removed approximately 63,000 cubic yards of toxic sediment from the Lagoon. Prior to the removal of the toxic sediment, bioswales and storm drain diverters were also installed.

Recent restoration work has made the Colorado Lagoon the most improved body of recreational water in the City of Long Beach, receiving A’s and B’s on recent Heal the Bay report cards, a vast improvement over the F grades the Lagoon previously received.

Improving Long Beach’s recreational water quality has been a top priority of mine over the last 6 years, and I hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate major milestones in sediment quality, enhanced wetland habitat, and improved recreational resources at the Colorado Lagoon.

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