The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has completed a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR) which includes an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.
Proposed Project Area: The proposed project area is in the eastern portion of San Pedro Bay, offshore from the City of Long Beach, California. This 18-square-mile area includes the Long Beach shoreline, the Los Angeles River estuary, the Middle Breakwater, the Long Beach Breakwater, Alamitos Bay Jetties, and open water between these features.
The Corps’ Los Angeles District is the lead Federal Agency and the City of Long Beach is the lead Local Agency for this study. The Draft IFR presents the plan formulation undertaken to develop feasible alternatives and also assesses the potential environmental impacts associated with implementation of the proposed project alternatives.
Purpose of the Study: The purpose of the study is to restore and improve aquatic ecosystem structure and function and to provide for increased habitat biodiversity and ecosystem value. The planning objective is to restore and support the sustained functioning of imperiled habitats such as kelp, rocky reef, eelgrass, and other types historically present in San Pedro Bay in order to support diverse resident and migratory species.
Tentatively Selected Plan: The Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) with the proposed measures are presented in full in Chapter 6 of the Draft IFR. Refer to Chapter 4 of the Draft IFR for descriptions of the measures and alternatives considered during the plan formulation process. Environmental impacts and benefits of the TSP and alternatives are evaluated in Chapter 5 of the Draft IFR.
Public Review Period: The Draft IFR is available for public review from November 25, 2019 through January 27, 2020. Following the close of the public review period for the Draft IFR, the Corps and the City of Long Beach will jointly prepare a Final IFR, incorporating all comments received during the public comment period.
The Draft IFR will also be available for review at the following locations:
- Alamitos Branch Library - 1836 E. Third Street, Long Beach, CA 90802
- Bay Shore Branch Library - 195 Bay Shore Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90803
- Bach Branch Library - 4055 N. Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90808
- Billie Jean King Main Library - 200 W. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802
- Brewitt Branch Library - 4036 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804
- Burnett Branch Library - 560 E. Hill Street, Long Beach, CA 90806
- Dana Branch Library - 3680 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807
- El Dorado Branch Library - 2900 Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90815
- Harte Branch Library - 1595 W. Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90810
- Los Altos Branch Library - 5614 E. Britton Drive, Long Beach, CA 90814
- Mark Twain Branch Library - 1325 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90813
- Michelle Obama Branch Library - 5870 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805
- Senior Center Library - 1150 E. Fourth Street, Long Beach, CA 90802
- Long Beach City Hall - 411 W. Ocean Boulevard, CA 90802
Public Meetings: Two identical public meetings were held on Monday, December 9, 2019, at the Aquarium of the Pacific located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California 90802, in the Ocean Theater.
Comments: Please submit your comments no later than January 27, 2020 using any of the following methods:
- Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments to: ESPB@usace.army.mil with subject heading “East San Pedro Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study Draft IFR Review Comments”.
- Fax: (213) 452-4204; ATTN: Naeem A. Siddiqui, Ecosystem Planning Section.
- Mail: Submit written comments to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, CESPL-PDR-N, ATTN: Naeem A. Siddiqui, 915 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 930, Los Angeles, California 90017-3489.