Colorado Lagoon

Welcome to the Colorado Lagoon project website! Periodic project updates will be posted here for your reference.

**Update** The Phase 2 Study is available for review. A hard copy is available for check-out at the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd, care-of Eric Lopez. Information on upcoming public meetings to discuss the Phase 2 Study are posted below.

Link to the Phase 2 Report
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the Phase 2 Study at the following meetings:

Community Meeting
Date: August 11, 2010
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Recreation Park's Bruin Den

Marine Advisory Commission
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 Appian Way

Parks and Recreation Commission
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: El Dorado Park West Community Center, Senior Center Library, 2800 Studebaker Rd.

Please send all written comments by August 31, 2010 to:

Eric Lopez
Property Services Bureau
333 W. Ocean Blvd., 3rd Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802

Or to:

About the Colorado Lagoon Project

The Colorado Lagoon (Lagoon) is a 28.3-acre tidal lagoon located in east Long Beach. It serves three main functions: 1) hosting sensitive estuarine habitat; 2) providing public recreation (including swimming); 3) and retaining and conveying storm flows. The Lagoon is listed on the State of California's 303(d) list as an impaired water body, due to high levels of water and sediment contamination. In addition, the Lagoon's estuary habitat has deteriorated over time as native plant species have significantly declined due to the encroachment of invasive ornamental landscaping.

In 2005, the City of Long Beach completed a study that was intended to evaluate and recommend feasible opportunities to restore the marine ecosystem, support safe recreation while improving water and sediment quality, and manage the storm water in the Lagoon. The feasibility study identified a set of specific elements to achieve these objectives. To view the 2005 Colorado Lagoon Restoration Study, click here.

In October 2008, the Long Beach City Council certified the Colorado Lagoon Environmental Impact Report (EIR). To view the Colorado Lagoon EIR, click here. The project EIR includes two main phases. Phase 1 involves a series of improvements at the immediate vicinity of Colorado Lagoon and Phase 2 involves the construction of an open-channel or second parallel underground culvert. Limited components of Phase 1 are currently under construction, while Phase 2 is undergoing further study.

Project Funding

The restoration of Colorado Lagoon is almost entirely dependent on grant funding from local, state, and federal agencies. Since 2005, the City and its partners, including the Friends of the Colorado Lagoon (FOCL), have been working diligently to secure funding. Current funding partners include the State Water Resources Control Board, State Coastal Conservancy, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service and the Port of Long Beach.

Project Implementation

Implementation of the Colorado Lagoon Master Restoration Plan, as outlined in the EIR, has begun! With the help of FOCL, invasive plant species have been removed from the lagoon's eastern arm and replaced with native wetland plants. A bioswale has also been installed. In addition, as of March 2010, the City is ready to begin construction of the low-flow diversion system with trash nets. The cleaning of the underground culvert that connects the lagoon to Marine Stadium will begin in July 2010. Together, these improvements will help to significantly improve the lagoon's water quality and enhance habitat value.

If you have any questions about the overall project, please contact Eric Lopez at 562-570-5690.

If you have any construction related questions about this project, please contact Steve Bos at 562-570-6459.

More information about the current construction effort will be added soon!