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Breakwater Awareness Month – June 2017

Join us in our efforts to bring waves back to Long Beach by supporting the 8th Annual Breakwater Awareness Month.  There will be two events, starting with a Paddle Out for the Waves.  It’ll be on Saturday June 3rd, 11AM – 1PM at the Granada Launch Ramp. Bring something that floats, and paddle out about 40 yards from shore to commemorate our lost waves and celebrate their return.

The second event is our annual General Meeting focusing on the Sink the Breakwater Campaign.  It will be held on Thursday June 22nd, 7PM – 8:30PM, at Made (238 Pine Ave., downtown Long Beach). We’ll explain the ins & outs of the ongoing Army Corps of Engineers’ East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. It’ll be important to remind the Army Corps of the importance of a Breakwater Alternative that restores the historical ecosystem that existed before the breakwater.

More details at our facebook event page

Surfing Waves as an Economic Generator

Oxford University says good waves generate an estimated $50 billion per year.  Surfline.com provides a good summary article here. “Yes, you read that right. Before your brain combusts from the esoteric academic language, look at the numbers – 5-to-the-0 capital B, billion. By no means are we astute economists, but $50 billion seems like a lot of bread for little ol’ surfing.”

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Breakwater Project in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal posted an article on the Breakwater Project.

…”We would like to take the whole thing down,” he said. “We need to get people and kids back playing in the water”…

Images from Paddle Out in Memory of the Waves on June 4, 2016

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All photos by our Surfrider Foundation pro-bono photographer, Mr. Wes Harding.

Cal Poly Report on Breakwater

A new study about the Long Beach Breakwater is available from a recent Cal Poly graduate, Mr. Victor Flores.

LB Chapter Comment Letter on Breakwater Feasibility Study

The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has sent a detailed comment letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers about the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.  It describes the Surfrider Alternative to restoring the historical ecosystem by reconfiguring the Long Beach Breakwater, bringing back waves, and mitigating for impacts.  The letter also goes into detail how the Army Corps should not be attempting “enhancement” alternatives, which go against Army Corps rules and would not likely be supported by LB locals and the US Congress.

Breakwater Opinion Piece

by Josh Barut, Surfrider member

According to the MLS, in 2015, the average home sale price in Long Beach was $594,795. In Huntington Beach, it was a little under $1 million, and in Seal Beach, just over $1 million. Would it be realistic for homeowners in Long Beach to expect the values of their investments to catch up to those of comparable properties in these cherished beach communities, were the breakwater to get taken down? Maybe not, but it’s safe to say that if there’s an increase in the amount of people who want to buy homes in Long Beach, there will be an increase of what people are willing to pay for homes in Long
Beach. And that, of course, means that there would in turn be an increase in what homes in Long Beach are worth.

Breakwater Study in the News

The Long Beach Post and the Press Telegram had articles about the San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Project.  This is an active issue with more to come.

Before & After the Breakwater

Here’s an image of what Long Beach could look like with restoration of the wave driven ecosystem.  The image was created by the Zell Office of Landscape Architecture for the Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter

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CA Assembly Resolution on Breakwater Awareness Month

The California State Assembly passed a resolution supporting breakwater awareness month.  The chief sponsor was Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell.  A hard copy of the framed resolution was given to LB Surfrider Foundation during the paddle out on June 13th.  Here’s a photo of it in all it’s awesomeness:

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California Assembly Resolution – Breakwater Awareness Month

Supporting the resolution and present for the dedication was Assemblymember Ian Calderon of the 57th District (Whittier).  Thanks so much to Patrick & Ian for this really amazing item.