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LCW Restoration Plan & EIR- Public Workshop #2

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This presentation was presented at the second public workshop to familiarize the public with the consulting team's Draft Optimized Restoration Design. Members of the public were then able to ask questions and give feedback about the design of the 4 different project areas.

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LCW Restoration Plan & EIR- Public Workshop #2

  1. 1. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Plan & Program Environmental Impact Report Public Workshop #2 September 26, 6:00-8:00pm, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
  2. 2. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority • Workshop Goal: • Discuss optimized restoration design • Workshop Objectives: • Update on planning progress • Describe draft restoration design • Review results from Workshop #1 • Perform workshop activity to generate feedback on draft restoration design Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Plan & Program Environmental Impact Report Public Workshop #2
  3. 3. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority • Courteous Behavior Requested • Focus your input on the meeting objectives • Honor the agenda and time limits for discussion • Interact respectfully, no cross talk • Direct your questions and comments to the presenters, not other community members • Turn off or silence cell phones Safety and Ground Rules
  4. 4. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Project Background
  5. 5. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Project Organization Chart Consulting Team Environmental Science Associates Community Stakeholders Public Involvement Plan Technical Advisory Committee Staff from Applicable Organizations Steering Committee: RMC, Coastal Conservancy, Cities of Seal and Long Beach Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority: Project Manager Any Questions?
  6. 6. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority • Formed in 2006 • Comprised of the State Coastal Conservancy, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, City of Long Beach and City of Seal Beach • Promotes acquisition, restoration, conservation and management of the Los Cerritos Wetlands • LCWA Board approved the Los Cerritos Wetlands Draft Conceptual Restoration Plan in August 2015
  7. 7. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Los Cerritos Wetlands Complex
  8. 8. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Why Are We Here? • Grant funding received to initiate next steps • Requires determining an “optimized” restoration alternative and preparation of a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) • Approximately 2-year process with numerous opportunities for public participation throughout
  9. 9. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Conceptual Restoration Plan • Report approved by the LCWA board on August 12, 2015 • 4-year long consensus driven planning process • 6 public workshops • 8 Technical Advisory Committee meetings • 3 Restoration Alternatives conceptualized for the entire complex • Provided framework for wetlands restoration in LCW 9
  10. 10. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority RESTORATION DESIGN
  11. 11. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Overview of Process
  12. 12. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Project Goals and Objectives • Restore tidal wetland process and functions to the maximum extent possible • Maximize contiguous habitat areas and maximize the buffer between habitat and sources of human disturbance. • Create a public access and interpretive program this is practical, protective of sensitive habitat and ongoing oil operations, economically feasible, and will ensure a memorable visitor experience.
  13. 13. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Project Goals and Objectives • Incorporate phasing of implementation to accommodate existing and future potential changes in land ownership and usage, and as funding becomes available. • Strive for long-term restoration success. • Integrate experimental actions and research into the project, where appropriate, to inform restoration and management actions for this project.
  14. 14. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Opportunities and Constraints Identified in Conceptual Restoration Plan: • Topography/Landforms/Soils • Tidal Exchange/Local Watersheds/Hydrology • Ecology • Climate Change • Infrastructure • Human Interaction • Regulatory/Implementation Additional considerations for developing Optimized Alternative: • Flood management • Land ownership • Phasing
  15. 15. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Overall Phasing
  16. 16. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Overall Phasing – North Area
  17. 17. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority North Area • Parcel restored and oil operations removed consistent with the Los Cerritos Wetlands Oil Consolidation and Restoration Project proposed by Beach Oil Minerals Partners (BOMP) • Northern portion includes restoration in the “near term” • Southern portion includes restoration in the “long term”
  18. 18. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Overall Phasing – Central Area
  19. 19. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Central Area • Connecting to SGR achieves goal of restoring tidal marsh processes and functions • If breaching SGR levee, need new flood protection • LCWA property available now, but need to protect oil infrastructure in place • Long Beach property available in the future; oil infrastructure will be removed
  20. 20. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Central Area- Phase 1
  21. 21. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Central Area – Phase 2
  22. 22. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Vegetated Levees Example 7 ft NAVD 20.5 ft NAVD
  23. 23. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Overall Phasing – Isthmus Area
  24. 24. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Isthmus Area • Assumed Bryant property could be restored (next to Zedler marsh) in Phase 1 • Callaway marsh would be restored once Haynes Cooling Channel is decommissioned (Phase 2) • Signal Hill property would likely not be restored until long term
  25. 25. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Overall Phasing – South Area
  26. 26. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority South Area • Connecting to Haynes Cooling Channel (once decommissioned) achieves goal of restoring tidal marsh processes and functions • If breaching HCC berm, need new flood protection for Hellman • LCWA property available now • Haynes Cooling Channel to be decommissioned in near or mid-term
  27. 27. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority South Area – Phase 1
  28. 28. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority South Area – Phase 2
  29. 29. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority REVIEW OF WORKSHOP #1
  30. 30. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Last Public Workshop – Public Access • Guidance from public: − Minimize impacts to habitat − Perimeter trails with viewpoints − Restricted access to trails within marsh − Passive access − Minimize parking • Approach: − Consistent with CRP and Stewardship Program Vision Plan − Consistent with public input from Workshop #1 − Utilize the surrounding uplands and levees − Keep public access on the perimeter − Connect to existing trails
  31. 31. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Public Access – North
  32. 32. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Public Access – Central, Phase 1
  33. 33. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Public Access- Central, Phase 2
  34. 34. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Public Access- Isthmus & South
  35. 35. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority CEQA OVERVIEW
  36. 36. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Program vs Project EIR • Project-level EIR: generally focuses on environmental changes caused by a project (including planning, construction, and operation). • Program EIR: generally looks at the broad policy of a planning document and may not address potential site-specific impacts of the individual projects within the planning document.
  37. 37. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Program vs Project EIR • Project-level EIR: generally focuses on environmental changes caused by a project (including planning, construction, and operation). • Program EIR: generally looks at the broad policy of a planning document and may not address potential site-specific impacts of the individual projects within the planning document.
  38. 38. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority After a Program EIR… • Individual projects can “tier” off of Program EIR − Use previous analysis − Focus only on project-specific issues − If within the scope of the program, no new CEQA doc required, but must implement any mitigation measures • Over time, the existing setting may change and certain analyses (like bio surveys) would need to be redone − But Program EIR provides benefit of base analysis
  39. 39. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Optimized Restoration Alternative Planning Strategy • Develop Optimized Restoration Alternative for program- level EIR • Focus on near-term implementation areas − Provide more details to support EIR and implementation • Less detail on long-term areas, since additional environmental analysis will be needed after 20+ years
  40. 40. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority WORKSHOP ACTIVITY
  41. 41. esassoc.com Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority Information Stations • North Area • Central Area • Isthmus Area • South Area

Editor's Notes

  • ERIC
    In case of a fire, exit XX
    In case of an earthquake, XX
    Restrooms are XX

    We kindly request that there be no clapping, cheering or jeering
    Please hold your questions until the end
  • REEMA:

    CRP provided framework for wetlands restoration throughout the LCW complex
    4+ year process which included 6 public workshops, 8 TAC meetings


  • REEMA:

    Historic: ~2,400 acres stretching ~2 miles inland.

    Current: ~500 acres
    Public ownership: 256 acres
    172 acres (LCWA = Bryant, OTD, Hellman),
    10 acres (SB = GG Park),
    33 acres (LB = Marketplace Marsh),
    41 acres (OC Flood Control District = Retarding Basin)

    Private: 244 acres, different landowners

  • REEMA:

    State Coastal Conservancy and RMC provided grant funding

    Determine proposed ecological restoration alternative design, analyzing potential impacts resulting from implementation throughout entire LCW complex.


  • We’re on second blue box
  • Do you want to mention anything re. flood management….sheet pile wall between north and south areas? Any flood management design for southern area?
  • Program- provides connectedness and ties together larger project
  • While program doesn’t provide all of the details now, it sets projects up to address more focused topics in the future
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