The Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project 


Request for Qualifications Release

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA) has released this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project Support Services on December 8th, 2023.

Proposals are due by January 10, 2024 by 5pm to Salian Garcia, LCWA Project Manager at sgarcia@rmc.ca.gov. The RFQ is available at this link. Response to questions received can be found here.


Request for Proposals Release

A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released on November 3rd, 2023 for Final Design and Construction Support for the Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project.

Proposals are due to Salian Garcia, LCWA Project Manager at sgarcia@rmc.ca.gov by 6:00pm, December 1st, 2023. The RFP is available at this link. Questions regarding the RFP should be made in writing to Eric Zahn at eric@tidalinfluence.com no later than 11:59pm, November 13, 2023.

Responses to Questions were posted on November 17, 2023 and can be viewed at this link.

Project Background
The Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project involves the restoration of tidal wetlands on 105-acres of the Los Cerritos Wetlands located in Seal Beach, California. The proposed project is the first to tier off from the Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Plan Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report, certified in January 2021. The project will facilitate near term restoration of a range of wetland types extending from subtidal areas to upland transition areas. Once completed, this multi-benefit project will provide critical native tidal marsh and transitional habitat for migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway, remediate contaminated soil, provide access to tribal groups, and provide new public access opportunities in an urban area.
In 2021, planning to complete 65% restoration designs for the project area was initiated. Restoration planning will consider factors such as historical ecology, natural ecosystem processes, regional and socioeconomic needs, resiliency to sea level rise, and current biotic and abiotic conditions of the site. Project updates and information will be added to this page as progress is made on the technical studies, restoration design, public outreach, CEQA and permitting. The LCWA encourages public feedback to improve project design, so please join our mailing list and check back for updates!

To receive meeting information and updates by e-mail, join our mailing list by sending an “Add Me To The Mailing List” e-mail request to LCWA@tidalinfluence.com.

Grant funds for this project were provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, State Coastal Conservancy, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, and the Henry W. and Ellen R. Warne Family Endowment Fund in partnership with the Orange County Community Fund and Coastal Quest. Thank you to our funders for your support!


A Public Meeting will be held on August 24th, 2023 for the certification of this project’s Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration. The proposed version of the IS/MND being brought before the LCWA Board of Directors is available to view and download at the following link:

The Initial Study /Mitigated Negative Declaration has been released on April 10, 2023. Please see the Notice of Intent for more details.

Comments on the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration: The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority requests any comments you may have on the IS/MND during a 30-day review period, which commences on April 10, 2023, and ends on May 10, 2023. Please submit any comments you may have in writing (letter or e-mail) by the end date listed above to: Salian Garcia c/o Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority at 100 N. Old San Gabriel Canyon Road Azusa, CA 91702 or LCWA@tidalinfluence.com

Click Here to read the Notice of Intent.


To read the Mitigated Negative Declaration please click the links below:

Appendices

Public Meeting for the Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority is pleased to host the third public meeting virtually to discuss the Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project and discuss the related environmental analysis document, as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The meeting will be held via Zoom on April 27th from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Use the link below to access the meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86727562801?pwd=Y1RNWWJxS24xUGFoN0VHYjFSWnZUUT09

Zoom Call Information

+16699006833,,86727562801#,,,,*277483# US (San Jose)

This public meeting will include a presentation of the restoration design, and discussion of the CEQA Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND). The LCWA and members of the consultant team will also be providing a brief summary of the prior public meeting and sharing information on next steps in the process. There will be several opportunities throughout the meeting to ask questions. Additionally, and in its capacity as Lead Agency under CEQA, the LCWA is releasing an IS/MND analyzing the potential impacts of the Project. The IS/MND are available for a 30-day public comment period beginning April 10, 2023 and ending May 10, 2023.

We are excited to share this information with as many people as possible, so be sure to invite your friends and neighbors.


The Second Public Meeting for the Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project

Public Meeting #2 (Video)

LCWA Public Meeting 2 Presentation

On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the LCWA hosted the second public meeting to discuss the Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project. The meeting was held at the Mary Wilson Library in Seal Beach. The meeting included an update on the restoration design, and discussion of the CEQA approach and permitting for the Project. Presenters also shared the results of the public access questionnaire which was disseminated last year.

Once completed, this multi-benefit project will provide critical native tidal marsh and transitional habitat for migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway, remediate contaminated soil, provide access to tribal groups, and provide new public access opportunities in an urban area.


The First Public Meeting to Discuss the Southern LCW Restoration Project

Public Meeting #1 Presentation (PDF)

Public Meeting #1 Recording (Video)

Public Meeting #1 Recording (Audio Only)

On Tuesday, December 7, 2021, the LCWA hosted the first public meeting to discuss the Southern Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project via Zoom videoconferencing. The project involves preparation of 65% restoration designs for tidal wetlands on 105-acres of the Los Cerritos Wetlands, located in Seal Beach, California. This site provides a rare opportunity in a highly urbanized region for large scale estuarine habitat restoration. The project involves preparation of technical studies, restoration designs, public outreach, CEQA, and permitting.

Information regarding the planning process, baseline surveys, factors to consider for the basis of design, and next steps were presented. The meeting presentation (PDF) and recordings of this meeting (video or audio only) can be found above or on the side menu of this page.

The meeting also includes an opportunity for the public to comment on the project in the form of a Public Access Questionnaire. To view and submit a response to the Public Access Questionnaire click on the surveyplanet link below.

Public Access Questionnaire (surveyplanet)

Questionnaire Trail Alternatives for Question #19

You can also submit a response to the questionnaire by marking up either a Word Document or PDF version of the questionnaire and submitting your response to LCWA@tidalinfluence.com after the meeting. Scans of marked up hard copies will also be accepted. The Word Document and PDF versions of the questionnaire can viewed by clicking on the following links.

Public Access Questionnaire (PDF)

Public Access Questionnaire (Word Document)