LCW Conceptual Restoration Workshop #1


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This a presentation that was given by Eric Zahn and Taylor Parker of Tidal Influence for the Moffatt & Nichol consulting team in charge of the Conceptual Restoration Design for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. If you have questions or concerns, please email

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  • As you know, 95% of Southern California wetlands have been eliminated through development We now know that wetlands serve to clean the waters flowing into the oceans 2/3 of oceans fish spend the first year of their lives in wetland nurseries
  • Denigration and deterioration of water quality and habitat Early 1920’s the Colorado Lagoon hand an open waterway connection with Alamitos Bay and the Ocean Marine Stadium and Colorado Lagoon were dredged for the 1932 Olympic crewing and pre-Olympic swimming and diving trials History/Background on Lagoon Originally part of Alamitos Bay Wetlands Dredged to form its current shape
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  • Insert Green Sea Turtle and Workshop color
  • LCW Conceptual Restoration Workshop #1

    1. 1. Public Involvement Workshop November 10, 2011
    2. 2. Public Involvement Workshop #1 Theme: Spirit Mascot: Wandering Skipper butterfly Color: Yellow <ul><li>Workshop Goal: Introduce the project to the community and receive initial feedback on public interests and concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop Objectives : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss Los Cerritos Wetlands’ natural history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce the LCWA and consulting team members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce project goals and objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exhibit a road-map for Public Involvement Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform activity to collect feedback on community values and vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce stakeholder email database and project website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform participants of next workshop date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Workshop Ground Rules </li></ul>
    3. 3. Public Involvement Workshop #1 <ul><li>  Workshop Outline </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Los Cerritos Wetlands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Los Cerritos Natural History & virtual tour </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Project goal and objectives, timeline, & organizational chart </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public Involvement Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Introduction to workshops process & how to stay informed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public Feedback Activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-What is your connection to Los Cerritos Wetlands? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Workshop Activity to gain perspectives on community values & visions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Review of workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Next workshop topics, time, and location </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Natural History of Los Cerritos Wetlands
    5. 5. Historical Etching from 1895
    6. 6. 900 acres 1300 acres 168 acres 956 acres 129 acres 234 acres - 2011 12,063 Acres of Total Wetlands Loss 1894-2011
    7. 7. Belmont Shore Seal Beach Naples San Gabriel River East Long Beach Coast – September 1921
    8. 8. Seal Beach & Long Beach Coast – December 1921 Belmont Shore Seal Beach Naples San Gabriel River Anaheim Bay CSULB
    9. 9. Alamitos Bay - 1921 Belmont Shore Seal Beach Naples
    10. 10. Alamitos Bay 1928
    11. 11. Alamitos Bay – 1960s Marine Stadium Los Cerritos Wetlands Naples Colorado Lagoon
    12. 12. <ul><li>Historically over 2400 acres of coastal wetlands </li></ul><ul><li>Currently less than 500 undeveloped acres remain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 50 acres of full tidal coastal salt marsh habitat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly degraded upland, marine, transition, brackish & salt marsh habitats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large invasive exotic weed infestations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impacted by industrial, commercial & residential land uses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serves as refuge for migratory & special status species special concern </li></ul></ul>Los Cerritos Wetlands Exisiting Conditions Belding’s savannah sparrow southern tarplant brown pelican least terns mudflat tiger beetles wandering skipper
    13. 13. Publicly-Owned Properties in Los Cerritos Wetlands
    14. 14. Land Ownership of Entire Los Cerritos Wetlands
    15. 15. Any Questions?
    16. 16. <ul><li>In February of 2006, a joint powers agreement was adopted among the: </li></ul><ul><li>Rivers & Mountains Conservancy, State Coastal Conservancy, & Cities of Long Beach & Seal Beach </li></ul>= These agencies compose the project’s Steering Committee Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority
    17. 17. Conceptual Restoration Planning <ul><ul><li>Restore wetland processes and functions; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximize contiguous wetland areas and minimize the edge between wetlands and sources of disturbance; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restore the complex as habitat for a diverse array of resident and migratory floral and faunal species; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure long-term viability and sustainability in the face of such threats as urbanization and climate change; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a public access and interpretive program that will ensure a memorable visitor experience; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement a program that is practical and economically feasible </li></ul></ul>Preliminary Project Goals
    18. 18. <ul><li>Characterize existing conditions within the study area.  </li></ul><ul><li>Identify potential restoration alternatives based on opportunities and constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate beneficial and adverse impacts of potential alternatives, as well as engineering and economic feasibility </li></ul><ul><li>Identify preferred alternatives for further planning </li></ul>Preliminary objectives in support of those goals Conceptual Restoration Planning
    19. 19. Project Timeline <ul><li>2 year long Project </li></ul><ul><li>6 public involvement workshops through Spring 2013 </li></ul>
    20. 20. Project Organization Chart Consulting Team Community Stakeholders Public Involvement Plan Technical Advisory Committee Staff from Applicable Public Agencies Steering Committee: RMC, Coastal Conservancy, Cities of Seal and Long Beach Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority: Project Manager
    21. 21. Technical Advisory Committee Members of each of these organizations provide regular advising throughout this project: <ul><li>Rivers and Mountains Conservancy </li></ul><ul><li>California Coastal Conservancy </li></ul><ul><li>City of Long Beach </li></ul><ul><li>City of Seal Beach </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA Marine Fisheries </li></ul><ul><li>Counties of Los Angeles & Orange </li></ul><ul><li>US Army Corp Of Engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Water Quality Control Boards </li></ul><ul><li>California Department of Fish and Game </li></ul><ul><li>California Coastal Commission </li></ul><ul><li>State Lands Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Southern California Water Resources Research Project </li></ul><ul><li>Port of Long Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission </li></ul>Any Questions?
    22. 23. Public Involvement Road Map RIVER Trail
    23. 24. <ul><li>LCW Conceptual Design Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LCWA Email Database </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship Program </li></ul>Public Involvement: Outreach and Staying Involved
    24. 25. Public Involvement: Tentative Workshop Schedule Any Questions? # Date Location 1 November 10 th , 2011 Seal Beach Senior Center 2 March 1 st , 2012 TBD 3 May 3 rd , 2012 TBD 4 September, 13 th 2012 TBD 5 February, 21 st 2013 TBD 6 April 18 th , 2013 TBD
    25. 26. Workshop Activity <ul><li>Now that you have been introduced to the conceptual restoration planning team, we want to learn more about you and your relationship with Los Cerritos Wetlands </li></ul><ul><li>How far do you live or work from Los Cerritos Wetlands? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a. Less than 1 mile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>b. 1-5 miles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c. 5-10 miles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>d. More than 10 miles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you live less than a mile from Los Cerritos Wetlands, what neighborhood do you live in? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you visited Los Cerritos Wetlands? If so, was it on an organized tour or did you visit on your own? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you use Los Cerritos Wetlands , or areas immediately adjacent, currently for recreation? Is so, what recreational activities do you engage in? Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Jogging, Dog Walking, Birding, or others? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you value most about Los Cerritos Wetlands in its current state? </li></ul><ul><li>What about Los Cerritos Wetlands would you most like to see changed? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you visit other wetland areas in the region? If so, what places do you visit and why do you visit those them? </li></ul><ul><li>Use the map of the Wetlands Complex on the back of this sheet to make drawings, notes or other indications of areas you value, areas that need improvement, or areas that you are passionate about. </li></ul>
    26. 27. Next Steps <ul><li>Launch the Public Information Website </li></ul><ul><li>Fully Characterize Existing Site Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate Opportunities and Constraints Analyses </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate Discussions With the Public and the LCWA for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Access and Interpretation Designs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential Restoration Design Alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conduct the 2 nd Public Workshop </li></ul>
    27. 28. <ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>1) Identify opportunities and constraints of the wetlands and urban landscape; </li></ul><ul><li>2) Initiate alternative concept design </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss the urban setting of Los Cerritos Wetlands and the opportunities and constraints to restoration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect community feedback on RIVER Team’s GIS project base map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present findings from hydrology report, watersheds report, and habitat assessment report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perform activity to initiate discussion of possible alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>March 1 st , 2012, Meeting Place To Be Announced </li></ul>Public Involvement Workshop #2 Theme: Earth Mascot: Southern Tarplant Color: Green
    28. 29. Final Questions? Closing / Leave Behind Contact: [email_address]