December 7, 2010

Much Afoot with the Los Cerritos Wetlands....

Anyone thinking that the conservation effort surrounding the Los Cerritos Wetlands has stalled, or is hopelessly lost, should plan on attending the next Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA) meeting!

On Thursday, December 9 at 3:15 in the Seal Beach City Council Chambers (211 8th Street) the LCWA is getting a chance to live up to its mission: to provide for a comprehensive program of acquisition, protection, conservation, restoration and environmental enhancement of the Los Cerritos Wetlands area.

The governing board’s four voting members—Chair Gary Delong (City of Long Beach), Vice Chair Sam Schuchat (State Coastal Conservancy), David Sloan (City of Seal Beach) and Patrick O’Donnell (Rivers and Mountains Conservancy)—will be taking action on several items of extreme significance.

If all the votes fall "correctly," the 100 acre Hellman Ranch purchase will be finalized in a matter of weeks, the land swap parcel will be undergoing an LCWA funded wetlands delineation study and real-estate appraisal, the fate of the 5 acre LCWA owned parcel at the corner of 2nd and Studebaker will soon be determined, and $450k has been acquired to start the conceptual design process for restoration of 200 acres of the woefully degraded Los Cerritos Wetlands.

Exciting stuff!

The meeting agenda can be found here. The corresponding board report can be found here.