PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/15/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:051517
Subject:
Ribbon Cutting Celebration Planned for Colorado Lagoon Restoration
Contact:
Sean Crumby, Deputy Director
Department of Public Works
562.570.6695
Sean.Crumby@longbeach.gov




The community is invited to celebrate the recent completion of the latest phase of the Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project at 9:30 am, on Saturday, May 20, at the Colorado Lagoon (parking lot is located at the intersection of Appian Way and 4th Street). The event will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by educational activities sponsored by the Friends of the Colorado Lagoon, and musical entertainment courtesy of the band Dad Company.

“We’ve made major strides improving the Colorado Lagoon over the past few years and these latest enhancements will help return the Lagoon back to its glory days,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The restoration of this historic area will benefit future generations that are learning to understand and appreciate the wetlands.”

The latest restoration improvements include hydraulic sediment dredging of the lagoon to ensure compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act and to meet the approved Colorado Lagoon sediment and water quality targets, as well as the creation of new subtidal and eelgrass habitats.

“The Colorado Lagoon is an amazingly beautiful place for community recreation, including swimming, picnicking, and walking on the new walking paths,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “It is also an amazing ecological asset featuring native plants and birds above water and marine species under water. Colorado Lagoon is fantastic, and the recent renovations make it even more accessible to the public and increase its sustainability and environmental vitality.”

Specific improvements on the north side of the Lagoon include:
  • Installation of a new decomposed granite walking trail
  • Pedestrian bridge improvements
  • Reclaimed water irrigation system
  • Replanting with native species
  • A vegetated bioswale to assist with the removal of pollution from surface runoff water
“The completion of this phase of the Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project is an important milestone,” said Christine Whitcraft, President of Friends of the Colorado Lagoon and wetlands biologist. “Urban wetlands like the Colorado Lagoon are incredibly important resources to the community. This project provides the community a glimpse of how great this wetland can be.”

The Tidelands Capital Budget, which supports projects along the coast, funded the $3,187,368 Colorado Lagoon project. Tidelands Funds can only be used for projects on the coast, or adjacent to the coast that benefit all residents in the State.

The most recent set of improvements, which began in September 2016 and was completed in May 2017, are a part of a multi-phased Colorado Lagoon restoration plan which includes previous improvements finished in 2010 and 2012. The final component of the Colorado Lagoon’s approved master restoration plan involves creating an open channel between the Colorado Lagoon and Marine Stadium. The City continues to work closely with its State and Federal Agency partners, as well as the Port of Long Beach, on the funding and construction of the upcoming open channel.

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