LCWA’s Conceptual Restoration Plan


Background: The Conceptual Restoration Plan (CRP) for the Los Cerritos Wetlands is the new and exciting venture for the LCWA. This is the plan that the current partners, interest groups, stakeholders and – most importantly – the wetlands flora and fauna have been waiting for. In 2010, the LCWA received two grants from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy for funding to start the Conceptual Restoration Planning and in 2011 the State Coastal Conservancy allocated funds to expand the original parameters and include more area in the Planning process. After a competitive bidding process, the Moffatt & Nichol consulting team, eponymously called the RIVER Team (after the San Gabriel River), received the 2–year contract in May 2011.

There are many tasks the RIVER Team must accomplish but they basically follow a general progression of: initiating the process, establishing baseline conditions, developing potential restoration alternatives and outlining the process to achieve those alternatives. To accomplish this task the RIVER Team works closely with the LCWA and is guided in the process by a Technical Advisory Committee made up of representatives from the following groups: Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, California Coastal Conservancy,  City of Long Beach, City of Seal Beach, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Marine Fisheries, Counties of Los Angeles and Orange, US Army Corp Of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, California Department of Fish and Game, State Lands Commission, Southern California Water Resources Research Project, Port of Long Beach and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. Additionally, the Conceptual Restoration Plan is designed to involve the feedback of the community around Los Cerritos Wetlands and the general public who have a well–documented history of interest and involvement with the conservation of the wetlands.

To best engage with the enthusiasm of the public, the CRP has a Public Involvement Process comprised of six public workshops, outreach to interest groups, education and awareness through the LCWA’s Stewardship Program and this website! Below is a list of the upcoming public workshops and presentations and data collected from previous ones.

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority was pleased to announce the release of the Final Los Cerritos Wetlands Conceptual Restoration Plan on August 11th, 2015. The public is encouraged to download the entire document nearly 40MB, which may take up to 15 minutes to download by CLICKING HERE.

The LCWA has selected a consulting team for the Conceptual Restoration Plan Programmatic Environmental Impact Report. CLICK HERE to review the Request for Proposals for the EIR.