Los Cerritos Wetlands: Conceptual Restoration Plan

Location: Los Angeles County

Project Type: Restoration Planning

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: Exotics Control, Freshwater Wetland, Public Access/Recreation, Tidal Wetland, Water Quality

Date Completed: 2014

Cost: $500,000

Area Affected: 400 acres

Assembly District: 72

Senate District: 34

Congressional District: 48

Project Lead/Grantee:
California State Coastal Conservancy (Chris Kroll, 510-286-1015)

This project will prepare a conceptual restoration plan for the Los Cerritos Wetlands. The project will include an assessment of existing resources, hydrologic analysis, identification of opportunities and constraints, an evaluation of alternatives for expanding tidal circulation and restoring fresh and brackish water wetlands. The plan is scheduled to be completed early 2014. Goals include:

Goal #1: Restore tidal wetland processes and functions to the maximum extent possible.
Goal #2: Maximize contiguous habitat areas and maximize the buffer between habitat and sources of
human disturbance.
Goal #3: Create a public access and interpretive program that is practical, protective of sensitive habitat
and ongoing oil operations, economically feasible, and will ensure a memorable visitor experience.
Goal #4: Incorporate phasing of implementation to accommodate existing and future potential changes
in land ownership and usage, and as funding becomes available.
Goal #5: Strive for long-term restoration success.
Goal #6: Integrate experimental actions and research into the project, where appropriate, to inform
restoration and management actions for this project.