LCW Conceptual Restoration Workshop #2


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The Second Public Workshop for the LCWA's Conceptual Restoration Plan was held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on March 8th, 2012. These are the slides from the presentation at the Aquarium's Honda Theatre.

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  • Insert Green Sea Turtle and Workshop color
  • 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
  • Insert Green Sea Turtle and Workshop color
  • LCW Conceptual Restoration Workshop #2

    1. 1. P u b lic In v o lv e m e n t W o r k s h o p M a r c h 8 t h , 2 0 12
    2. 2. Public Involvement Workshop #2 Theme: Earth Mascot: Southern Tarplant Color: Green• Workshop Goal: 1) Review the Los Cerritos Wetlands baseline data collected• Workshop Objectives: – Present findings from Hydrology Report, Watersheds Report, and Habitat Assessment Report – Discuss the urban setting of Los Cerritos Wetlands and the Opportunities and Constraints to Restoration and Public Access – Launch LCW Conceptual Restoration Plan Website – Perform activity to collect community feedback on baseline data• Workshop Ground Rules
    3. 3. Public Involvement Workshop #2 Workshop Outline• Summary of Workshop #1 -Public Involvement River Trail -Brief introduction to Los Cerritos Wetlands -General introduction to scope of Conceptual Restoration Plan3. Conceptual Restoration Plan Progress Update -Baseline Data Collected: Hydrology, Watershed, & Habitat -Preliminary Opportunities /Constraints to Restoration and Public Access -Website• Next Steps -Review of workshop -Next workshop topics, time, and location• Public Feedback Activity -What baseline data do you have to contribute? -Workshop Activity: visit stations about current conditions of Los Cerritos Wetlands and contribute your data
    4. 4. Summary of Public Involvement Workshop #1 Theme: Spirit Mascot: Wandering Skipper butterfly Color: Yellow• Workshop Goal was: Introduce the project to the community and receive initial feedback on public interests and concerns• Workshop Objectives were: – Discuss Los Cerritos Wetlands’ natural history – Introduce the LCWA and consulting team members – Introduced preliminary project goals and objectives – Exhibit a road-map for Public Involvement Plan – Perform activity to collect feedback on community values and vision – Introduce stakeholder email database and project website – Inform participants of next workshop date• Workshop Activity Results were…
    5. 5. Public Involvement RIVER Trail Road Map
    6. 6. Natural History of Los Cerritos Wetlands
    7. 7. Alamitos Bay 1928
    8. 8. Los Cerritos Wetlands Exisiting Conditions • Historically over 2400 acres of coastal wetlands • Currently around 500 undeveloped acres remain – Only ~50 acres of full tidal coastal salt marsh habitat – Highly degraded upland, marine, transition, brackish & salt marsh habitats – Large invasive exotic weed infestations – Impacted by industrial, commercial & residential land uses – Serves as refuge for migratory & special status species specialsouthern brown pelican concern tarplant least terns Belding’s mudflat tiger beetles wandering skippersavannah sparrow
    9. 9. Land Owners : LCW Authority City of Long Beach LCW Partners LLCHellman Properties LLC Bryant-Dankin LLC State Lands Comm. LA City DWP Alamitos Bay Partners Orange County Loynes LLC Lyon Communities
    10. 10. Los Cerritos Wetlands AuthorityIn February of 2006, a joint powers agreement was adopted among the:Rivers & Mountains Conservancy, State Coastal Conservancy, & Cities of Long Beach & Seal Beach =These agencies comprise the project’s Steering Committee
    11. 11. Project Scope• Develop conceptual restoration plan for Los Cerritos Wetlands• 2 year long project• 6 public involvement workshops through Spring 2013• 6 meetings with the project’s Technical Advisory Committee
    12. 12. Project Organization Chart Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority: Project Manager Steering Committee: RMC, Coastal Conservancy, Cities of Seal and Long Beach Community Technical AdvisoryStakeholders Committee Public Staff fromInvolvement Applicable Public Plan Agencies Consulting Team Any Questions?
    13. 13. Conceptual Restoration Plan Progress Update– Baseline Data Collected: • Hydrologic & Hydraulic Baseline Report • Watershed Impacts Report • Habitat Assessment Report • Opportunities and Constraints Report • Preliminary Public Access Baseline Studies– Conceptual Restoration Plan Website
    14. 14. Hydrology
    15. 15. Hydraulic Modeling Model can simulate tidal elevations, flows, and constituent transport
    16. 16. Tidal Gauge Data Hellman Channel Tidal Range Ocean Tidal Range
    17. 17. Watershed Impacts Report• ~640 sq mile watershed• 5 major dams – Cogswell – San Gabriel – Morris – Santa Fe – Whittier Narrows• ~10 miles of concrete channel• Innumerable sources of pollution
    18. 18. Pollutant Source Assessments• San Gabriel River Watershed – Major NPDES metal loadings – Monitored wet weather metal loadings – Modeled load duration curves – Trash assessment• Los Cerritos Channel Watershed – NPDES annual water quality assessment – TMDL metal loadings from Los Cerritos Channel fresh water – Trash assessment San Gabriel River Regional Monitoring Program Monitoring Locations
    19. 19. River Water Temperatures
    20. 20. Habitat Assessment Report Los Cerritos Wetlands Existing Habitat Types
    21. 21. Los Cerritos Wetlands Existing Habitat Types
    22. 22. Past and Present Habitat Acreages
    23. 23. Los Cerritos Wetlands Special Status Animals
    24. 24. Los Cerritos Wetlands Special Status Animals
    25. 25. Los Cerritos Wetlands Special Status Plants
    26. 26. Los Cerritos Wetlands Special Status Plants
    27. 27. Opportunities and Constraints ReportWe analyzed:•Topography / Landforms / Soils•Tidal Exchange / Local Watersheds / Hydrology•Ecology•Climate Change•Infrastructure•Human Interaction•Regulatory / Implementation
    28. 28. Current Current
    29. 29. Sea Level +2 ft
    30. 30. Sea Level +5 ft
    31. 31. Existing Oil Infrastructure
    32. 32. Existing Utilities
    33. 33. Public Access Baseline Studies
    34. 34. Any Questions?
    35. 35. LCW Conceptual Design Website
    36. 36. Workshop Activity Now that you have been introduced to the baseline data we have collected, we want to learn more from you about the existing conditions at Los Cerritos WetlandsWe invite you to visit the 5 Stations that are set up outside at the Watershed Classroom & Exhibit Watershed Exhibit5. Watershed and Hydrology Station6. Habitat Assessment Station7. Opportunities and Constraints Station8. Public Access Station9. Public Involvement Website Station Each station offers an interactive way to provide feedback on the baseline data that has been compiled. A member of the consultingteam will be at each station to answer questions and collect feedback.
    37. 37. Public Involvement Workshop #3 Theme: Water Mascot: Pacific Green Sea Turtle• Tentative Goals: Color: Blue 1) Introduce Refined Project Goals and Objectives 2) Initiation Restoration Design Alternative Conceptualization• Tentative Objectives: – Share project goals and objectives – Introduce conceptual design process – Perform workshop activity to initiate discussion of possible alternatives• May 10th, 2012, Seal Beach Senior Center
    38. 38. Public Involvement: Tentative Workshop Schedule# Date Location1 November 10th, 2011 Seal Beach Senior Center2 March 8th, 2012 Aquarium of the Pacific3 May 10th, 2012 Seal Beach Senior Center4 September 20th, 2012 Aquarium of the Pacific5 January 31st, 2013 Seal Beach Senior Center6 April 18th, 2013 Aquarium of the Pacific
    39. 39. Next Steps• Finalize Project Goals and Objectives• Complete Initial Environmental Study to Identify Potential Contaminant Types and Sources• Continue Development of Public Access Plan• Initiate Process of Identifying Potential Restoration Design Alternatives• Conduct the 3rd Public Workshop
    40. 40. Closing / Leave BehindFinal Questions?Final Questions? Contact: