EAST SAN PEDRO BAY ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION STUDY
On January 20, 2016, Mayor Robert Garcia and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed the Federal Cost Share Agreement to begin the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study, which is the first open ocean ecosystem restoration study to use the Army Corps new 3x3x3 feasibility study model. The purpose of the study is to estimate the benefits associated with the restoration of ecosystem habitats as well as to evaluate the impacts of alternatives on offshore and nearshore resources. The final recommendations of the study will form the basis of a plan to restore and improve the aquatic ecosystem structure and function for increased habitat biodiversity within the East San Pedro Bay.
The East San Pedro Bay has long been a topic of discussion since 2005, when City Council Members voted to conduct a reconnaissance study. The City appropriated $100,000 in 2007 to determine whether congressional leaders and the Army Corps had any interest in the East San Pedro Bay. By 2010 the Army Corps had officially determined that there was “federal interest” in moving forward with an ecosystem restoration feasibility study, however, federal budget constraints prevented the Army Corps from receiving federal funding to begin the study. With public interest in the study still strong, in 2013 City Council budgeted $1.5 million in funding and voted to contribute $750,000 to the Army Corps for a portion of federal study costs.
The three-year study will involve stakeholder input and ecosystem restoration evaluations. To get involved, people can sign up for updates at www.longbeach.gov/linkLB; create a user account and select to receive messages from “Bay Ecosystem Study.”
The Army Corps and the City will host community update meetings. We plan to provide a brief update on the current state of the feasibility study as well as next steps to complete the feasibility report. Please check the website for future community update meeting times and location. Thank you.
BAY ECOSYSTEM STUDY UPDATES
October 26, 2016: The Army Corps provides a brief update on the current state of the Feasibility Study, as well as next steps to complete the feasibility report.
April 7, 2016: The Army Corps explains the plan formulation process, as well as Feasibility Study problems, objectives, opportunities and constraints.
January 20, 2016: An amendment to the original Federal Cost Share Agreement was adopted to allow the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study to begin.
March 24, 2014: City Manager writes a memo to the Mayor and City Council detailing the latest activities, and includes letters to the Army Corps urging the acceptance of accelerated and contributed funds, as well as to the Navy regarding nomination of this project for the Joint Land Use Study.
March 12, 2013: City Council votes to amend the City’s Feasibility Cost Share Agreement with the Army Corps to accelerate a revised local-sponsor amount of $1.5 million; allow the City to contribute $750,000 to fulfill a portion of the Army Corps’ federal cost share; and contribute up to $50,000 in existing authorized local-sponsor funds for re-scoping the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration feasibility study.
October 9, 2012: City Council votes to direct the City Manager to begin re-negotiation of the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Study.
February 8, 2012: The Army Corps announces new feasibility study guidelines directing that studies are to cost no more than $3 million, take no more than 3 years to complete, and the core of the study report is to fit into a 3 inch binder.
June 21, 2010: The Army Corps completes the Federal East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration reconnaissance study and officially determines “federal interest” to continue on to a feasibility study.
July 21, 2009: The East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration reconnaissance study conducted by Moffat & Nichol is completed. The study is given to the Army Corps for review.
July 24, 2007: City Council commissions a reconnaissance study of the East San Pedro Bay and appropriates $100,000.
July 5, 2005: City Council Members bring forth a motion to request federal appropriations for the Army Corps to conduct a reconnaissance study of the East San Pedro Bay.