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Breakwater Study Update (as of November 30, 2010)

November 30, 2010

This morning Mayor Bob Foster and Colonel Mark Toy signed the official agreement to conduct a feasibility study for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration (formerly the Long Beach Breakwater Project).

Both the City of Long Beach and the Army Corps are awaiting federal funds to begin the study; however, the signing of the cost-sharing agreement is a significant milestone in the process. The feasibility study will be guided by three planning objectives: 

Restoration of the ecosystem in the East San Pedro Bay

Improvements to recreational water quality

Increased recreational activity along the shoreline. 

Only options that meet these objectives while protecting existing infrastructure, homes and operations will be considered viable. Once the study is funded and official begins, we will be reaching out to all our stakeholders to participate in community meetings to hear your thoughts on the study.

Please click here to view the official press release issued by the Army Corps and City of Long Beach. Also, please visit the City's new Breakwater website by clicking here.
Thank you as always for your continued interest in this project!

June 22, 2010:

Breakwater Reconnaissance Study
U.S. Army Corps determines Federal Interest

The United States Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday, June 21, 2010, that Federal interest in continuing the Long Beach Breakwater (East San Pedro Bay) Ecosystem Restoration Study into a feasiblity phase has been found. The official signed Army Corps document, or 905(b) can be accessed here.

On June 22, 2010, the Long Beach City Council voted to proceed with becoming the local-sponsor for the feasiblity portion of the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study (Long Beach Breakwater). Long Beach's presentation of this study at the City Council meeting and the financing options available can be accessed here. The City's staff report can also be seen here.

As always, if you have any questions, please email

Long Beach Breakwater Reconnaissance Study

The Long Beach Breakwater Reconnaissance Study, which was commissioned by the Long Beach City Council and conducted by Moffatt & Nichol, a local engineering firm, is available for review here. The Study, encompassed in a 905(b) Analysis and a Project Management Plan (PMP) is available for review, as well as an Executive Summary, Project Alternative Maps and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation that was delivered to Council. 

LB Breakwater Reconnaissance Study Update (March 2010)
The public was invited to attend a Mayor and City Council Special Study Session to review findings of the Breakwater Reconnaissance Study on Monday, July 27 at 5:00 PM in Long Beach City Council Chambers. The Study Session included a presentation by Moffatt & Nichol explaining the results of the study, an outline of potential next steps, an opportunity for questions from the Mayor and City Council as well as an opportunity for the community to comment on the study results.

The United States Corps of Engineers

For many years, the Long Beach community has contemplated the potential positive and negative impacts of a reconfiguration of the Long Beach Breakwater. Because the Long Beach Breakwater is a federal project, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) maintains jurisdiction over the Breakwater, including any modification or removal. A website created by the Army Corps to provide information related to the Breakwater study can be accessed HERE.

Long Beach Breakwater Reconnaissance Study Background

In order to determine whether there is a federal interest in any reconfiguration of the Breakwater, a Reconnaissance Study must be completed and then submitted for review to the Army Corps. On July 24, 2007, the Long Beach City Council directed staff to fund a Long Beach Breakwater Reconnaissance Study at a cost of up to $100,000. This study is the first step in answering the community's questions about the impact and role of the Long Beach Breakwater, and could help determine the future of the City's coastal areas.

Moffatt & Nichol, a local engineering firm, is leading the Breakwater Reconnaissance Study. The firm has both extensive knowledge of Long Beach and experience in conducting Reconnaissance studies. Moffatt & Nichol are currently underway with the work and expect to be completed by July 2009.

The City sought community input on the Long Beach Breakwater at a total of three community workshops during the months of October and November 2008. These workshops were held in the evening (from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) in a variety of locations throughout Long Beach. Specifically, workshops were hosted at the Belmont Plaza Pool (October 8), Long Beach Gas & Oil (October 29), and the Aquarium of the Pacific (November 19). For more information about what occurred at the the workshops, please visit the Community Workshop page.

March 2010

Army Corps Review of the Long Beach Reconnaissance Study - March 2010

The Army Corps of Engineers officially began their review of Long Beach’s Breakwater Reconnaissance Study (East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study) in March of 2010. The funding that the Army Corps received from Congresswoman Richardson and Senator Feinstein allowed the Army Corps to review the City's document and incorporate public input they received to determine if there will be federal interest in moving into a Feasibility study phase. A decision by the City Council on whether the City will become the local sponsor of a feasibility study will occur following the Army Corps decision on federal interest. Long Beach expects the Army Corps will reach a final determination of federal interest near the end of June 2010.

Questions and Comments

If you have questions or comments, please email them to Thank you everyone for your interest in this project!