The improvements at Colorado Lagoon will continue this week with a new phase to create additional ecological resources for aquatic life as well as birds.
“The Colorado Lagoon is a huge success story,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “We have greatly improved the water quality, and we are continuing to restore it as a unique natural gem in Long Beach.”
Crews will dredge and move sediment from the central basin to the north arm of the lagoon, near Monrovia Avenue, where the water will become shallower.
This will facilitate the hydrological conditions for eelgrass, salt marsh, sage scrub and freshwater plants to grow, which will greatly enhance the ecological value of the Lagoon.
The creation of new intertidal and shallow subtidal habitat and eelgrass beds will provide foraging for local birds at one of Southern California’s last remaining coastal lagoons.
“This phase of the restoration will build on years of hard work and continue to help realize the community’s vision for a clean, healthy, and accessible Lagoon that will support a diverse range of aquatic plants and animal communities,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price.
The playgrounds and picnic areas at the Colorado Lagoon will remain open, but access to the water will be closed during construction, which is expected to last until early 2017.