About Me

My name is Heather Altman. I moved to Long Beach in 2001 and live in the Third District. I am a Senior Environmental Specialist with a small environmental consulting company in north Orange County. I received my M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and my B.S. in Environmental Science from University of California, Riverside.

I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Colorado Lagoon (FOCL), and serve on the advisory council for the Environmental Science and Policy Department at the California State University Long Beach.

I have contributed to LBReport, Greater Long Beach and The District Weekly (RIP).

Why I Started This Blog

I started this blog in May 2009 for a variety of reasons, really.

With newly proposed projects, illegal wetlands destruction and ongoing rezoning efforts currently afoot, Southeast Long Beach is a busy place, at least from an environmental standpoint. And with the degraded Los Cerritos Wetlands central to the area, proper comprehensive master planning now is the key. Failure to do so could have disastrous consequences for the eventual restoration of these fragile lands.

My intention is for this blog to be a source of environmental information and an education tool. Ideally, it will be used to not just help one better understand the environmental regulatory process, but will also facilitate intelligent and responsible discussion/debate about things environmentally impacting residents, visitors and the Los Cerritos Wetlands. I hope you find the information useful.

Favorite Quotations
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." ~ Albert Einstein

"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is." ~ H. Jackson Brown

Contact Me

If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at egretsnotregrets@gmail.com. I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.

Special Thanks

A very special thank you to local graphic designer, Stephanie Mallon, for generously providing the artwork and this very clever blog name. Should you wish to find out more about Stephanie and see some of her great artwork, you can access her blog, Watermallon Ways.