Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority

This website is the home for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority’s (LCWA) conservation of wetlands in the East Long Beach and North Seal Beach area, straddling the border of Los Angeles County and Orange County in southern California. The conservation area of Los Cerritos Wetlands as identified by the LCWA comprises approximately 500 acres on both sides of the San Gabriel River. The LCWA is a joint powers authority made up of the State Coastal Conservancy, the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach and currently owns approximately 170 acres of Los Cerritos Wetlands. In addition to owning wetlands property, the LCWA has commissioned a Conceptual Restoration Plan of the conservation area, hosts a Community–Based Stewardship Program in partnership with many local supporters, and encourages citizen–science and student–based research to further understand the precious coastal resource of Los Cerritos Wetlands. To find opportunities to participate in LCWA Stewardship Program, click here.

Final EIR for the Los Cerritos Wetland Restoration Project Approved!

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority has certified the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR is available for review and download on the LCWA’s EIR Page.

Final Draft of the LCW Restoration Plan

Available for Public Comment

The LCWA has produced a Draft Restoration Plan that is consistent with the findings of the Final PEIR and provides more details about how near-term projects will be implemented.  The LCWA is soliciting comments on this Draft Restoration Plan from March 1, 2021 – March 25, 2021.  To access the LCWA’s Draft Restoration Plan CLICK HERE or visit the LCWA EIR Page.

All comments on the Draft Restoration Plan should be sent by March 25, 2021 via email to lcwa@tidalinfluence.com

A public meeting was held via Zoom on March 18, 2021 at 7:00pm to discuss the Draft Restoration Plan and answer questions from the public. A recording of that meeting as well as the presentation used can be found on the LCWA EIR Page.

Changes to Office Operations

To support efforts of state and local health authorities to contain the COVID-19 pandemic our office is temporarily closed.

While many business functions will continue during this time, some may be temporarily disrupted or modified by using alternate methods of service delivery. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call 626-815-1019 or email sgee@rmc.ca.gov for additional information.

For information on the latest on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your family, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 webpage.

Access the Agenda and LCWA staff reports that will be used at the next board meeting by clicking HERE.

Coastal wetlands in southern California are an increasingly rare refuge and Los Cerritos is home to several threatened and endangered plant and animal species. Southern Tarplant, Coulter’s Goldfields, Lewis’s Evening Primrose, and California Boxthorns are some of the floral species that have resiliently stood their ground over the years. The open water areas of Los Cerritos are foraging grounds for the California Least Terns and the Pacific Green Sea Turtles, while the inter and supra tidal areas are also home to several populations of Belding’s Savannah Sparrows.

The efforts of the LCWA and our partners are to intermingle the concerns of the special status species and other wetlands denizens that call Los Cerritos home with the many people in the surrounding urban area that value the habitat for recreation, research and education. Our hope is that you too will enjoy the shared resource and come into Los Cerritos Wetlands with us.