By Mary Parsell
Please attend the next Public Workshop on the restoration of Los Cerritos Wetlands. Note, this is not the BOMP Oil Consolidation/Restoration Plan. The LCW Conceptual Restoration Plan (CRP) has been in the works since 2011, which included six public workshops held by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA). The CRP will be developed into the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The first EIR public workshop will take place on March 28th, 6pm to 8pm at the Mary Wilson Library in Seal Beach, 707 Electric Avenue; for additional details please see http://intoloscerritoswetlands.org/the-lcws-eir/
The CRP can be found at www.intoloscerritoswetlands.org/conceptual-restoration-plan
Direct link to download the CRP http://intoloscerritoswetlands.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FinalLCWCRP-PUBLICRELEASE8-11-2015.compressed.pdf
Please visit our Conservation page on our website and also see the video “Lost Jewel of the Coast” at www.eldoradoaudubon.org/conservation
Two Los Cerritos Wetlands restoration plans and EIRs are currently in the works, one covering the entire Los Cerritos Wetlands complex (by LCWA) and the other covering approximately 150 acres of privately owned property by Synergy Oil. The private land holders proposed their own restoration plan, via BOMP (Beach Oil Mineral Partners), in alignment with the LCWA’s plan (which appears to be a modified moderate alternative of the LCWA plan). The two plans together would restore a minimum of approximately 350 acres of vital coastal wetlands habitat. Fully implemented the LCWA Restoration Plan would restore up to approximately 500 acres straddling the San Gabriel River in the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach.
We encourage public participation and comment letters from both individual members of the public and organizations throughout this process for both restoration plan EIRs.
If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Conservation Committee, 562-252-5825 (voice and text).
Photo Credit: Cindy Crawford, location Los Cerritos Wetlands “Hellman Property”