Water Quality Improvements at Colorado Lagoon Celebrated

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colorado-lagoon Water Quality Improvements Celebrated  The City of Long Beach celebrated the completion of a significant water quality improvement project at the Colorado Lagoon.

“This is a great day for Long Beach and for the Colorado Lagoon,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This extremely important project will improve water quality, help restore the site’s ecosystem, provide enhanced recreation facilities, and better manage storm water run-off.”

The project was funded by $4,319,107 from the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and $1,300,000 from the Port of Long Beach,

The improvements included:

  • Construction of a low-flow diversion system with trash separation devices.
  • The low-flow diversion system will redirect up to 80,000 gallons per day of urban runoff throughout the year, and initial flows during rain events, into the sanitary sewer system.  The trash separation devices will prevent trash and contaminants from entering the Colorado Lagoon through all major storm drains;
  • Cleaning of the underground culvert that connects the lagoon to Marine Stadium; and
  • Construction of a vegetated bioswale to help filter run-off.

“The Colorado Lagoon is one of Long Beach’s greatest natural assets,” said Councilmember Gary DeLong, whose 3rd District includes the Colorado Lagoon. “Today we’re coming together to celebrate because the Colorado Lagoon is becoming a much more enjoyable place for residents and their families.”

In addition, after a brief closure required as a result of the nearby Los Angeles County Termino Avenue Drain Project, the Wetlands and Marine Science Education Center (WAMSEC) at Colorado Lagoon is being re-opened.  WAMSEC helps educate residents about the importance of wetlands and the countless flora and fauna that depend on them. Its programs include:

  • Free place-based nature education,
  • Regularly scheduled after-school and weekend WAMSEC hours (during both the Summer time and School year),
  • Activities for local public, private and charter schools, afterschool programs, colleges and universities,
  • Estuary Exploration events on the second Saturday of the month,
  • Opportunities for professional development through an Innovators program, and
  • Four EcoEvents each year.

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