The Los Cerritos Wetlands Program Environmental Impact Report


This Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is the next step in the LCWA’s efforts to provide a comprehensive restoration framework for the Los Cerritos Wetlands. The LCWA initiated the preparation of a PEIR to determine the nature and extent of the proposed program’s impact upon the environment. An EIR also identifies ways to reduce environmental effects and analyzes reasonable alternatives to avoid or minimize significant environmental effects.

The proposed program would restore wetland, transitional, and upland habitats throughout the program area. This would involve remediation of contaminated soil, grading, revegetation, construction of new public access opportunities (including trails, visitor centers, parking lots, and viewpoints), construction of flood management facilities (including earthen levees, berms, and walls), and modification of existing infrastructure and utilities.

The Final PEIR is available below. The Final PEIR contains responses to comments received on the Draft PEIR during the public review period which began May 8, 2020, and closed July 6, 2020.


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.

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

A public meeting will be held via Zoom on March 18, 2021 at 7:00pm to discuss this Draft Restoration Plan and answer questions from the public. Additional information regarding the Zoom meeting invitation can be found below. 

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Final EIR for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Project Approved!

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority has certified the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR is available for review and download below.


Final Program Environmental Impact Report

View and download the Final Program Environmental Impact Report by clicking on the links below.


Draft Program Environmental Impact Report 

Public Comment Period Extend!

View and download the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report by clicking on the links below.


PEIR Public Meetings

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority hosted a two-part virtual public meeting during the Draft PEIR comment period. Both virtual meetings were recorded and are available HERE.

The first public meeting took place on May 21st, 2020. This meeting covered the CEQA process and the project description (Chapter 2 of the Draft PEIR). Meeting attendees asked questions regarding land ownership, the no action alternative, habitat designations, nesting trees, proposed visitor centers, and the LCWA logo.

The second public meeting took place on June 4th, 2020. This meeting covered the impact analysis (Chapter 3 of the Draft PEIR) and alternatives (Chapter 5 of the Draft PEIR). Meeting attendees asked questions regarding tribal cultural resources and Native American tribal entities, earthwork, berm height and footprint, existing oil operations, and flooding of existing habitats.


Upcoming PEIR Schedule 

Date Item
October 22nd, 2020 Final Program Environmental Impact Report
December 3rd, 2020 LCWA Quarterly Board Meeting (Virtually via Zoom)

PEIR Public Meetings

The Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority hosted a two-part virtual public meeting during the Draft PEIR comment period. Both virtual meetings were recorded and are available HERE.

The first public meeting took place on May 21st, 2020. This meeting covered the CEQA process and the project description (Chapter 2 of the Draft PEIR). Meeting attendees asked questions regarding land ownership, the no action alternative, habitat designations, nesting trees, proposed visitor centers, and the LCWA logo.

The second public meeting took place on June 4th, 2020. This meeting covered the impact analysis (Chapter 3 of the Draft PEIR) and alternatives (Chapter 5 of the Draft PEIR). Meeting attendees asked questions regarding tribal cultural resources and Native American tribal entities, earthwork, berm height and footprint, existing oil operations, and flooding of existing habitats.

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report

CLICK HERE to access the LCWA’s Notice of Preparation of a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report. The Public Review Period is March 8th-April 8th.


Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Plan – Initial Study

CLICK HERE to access the Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Plan Initial Study. The Public Review Period is March 8th-April 8th.


Scoping Meeting

As part of the NOP process, the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority will conduct a public scoping meeting in order to present the proposed program and environmental process and to receive public comments and suggestions regarding the proposed program.

The scoping meeting will be held on March 21, 2019, from 7:00PM to 8:30 PM at the Community Center in Recreation Park, 4900 E 7th Street, Long Beach, CA. The parking lot is located adjacent to the Community Center on the south side of 7th street, and to the west of Federation Drive.

The posters presented at the meeting are available here.

The slide deck from the presentation is available here.