Colorado Lagoon Restoration Planning Project

Location: Los Angeles County

Project Type: Restoration Planning

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: tidal wetlands

Cost: $400,000

Area Affected: 13 acres

Assembly District: 70

Senate District: 34

Congressional District: 47

Project Lead/Grantee:
Friends of Colorado Lagoon (Ray Thorn, 562-597-2800)

This project developed a restoration plan for Colorado Lagoon, a 44-acre saltwater lagoon connected to Alamitos Bay. The Colorado Lagoon is historically part of the greater Los Cerritos Wetlands. Once a thriving ecosystem that encompassed most of East Long Beach with borders that included portions of what is now California State University, Long Beach, the Wetlands complex totaled about 2400 acres. The Lagoon has undergone many changes since the land began being utilized by oil operations in the late 19th century. Colorado Lagoon today measures about 13 acres, with many area homes situated on historic wetlands.

Although the tides are muted, the connection to Alamitos Bay is partially restricted and the watershed is polluted, many fish still find their way into the waters and birds continue to migrate to the Lagoon. It remains a vital and necessary refuge for wildlife and native species.

The size, shape and viability of the Lagoon has drastically changed over the years. However, its long history also includes many fond childhood memories for Long Beach area residents.

Colorado Lagoon provides a unique opportunity for restoration and preservation as one of the few enduring urban wetlands in California. With collaborative efforts and resources directed towards respecting the value of the Lagoon, revitalization is attainable.