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Federal Funds Tentatively Approved for Review of Long Beach Breakwater Study

October 1, 2009

The City of Long Beach announced
today that $90,000 for the Army Corps review of the Long Beach Breakwater
Study has been included in the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee
Conference Agreement.  If approved by Congress and signed by the President,
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would have the funding and authority to
review the City Council-commissioned study of the Long Beach Breakwater
and East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem.


"For years our community has pondered potential changes to the Breakwater,"
said Mayor Bob Foster.  “While the City has conducted its own study,
only the Army Corps can determine if there is federal interest in pursuing
changes to the Breakwater or the East San Pedro Bay.  These funds
will allow the Army Corps to review the City's study and make that determination
of federal interest.”

While the House Energy and Water Subcommittee Appropriation bill included
$100,000 for the study, there were no funds included in the corresponding
Senate bill.  The action by the Conference Committee to include $90,000
would allow the Army Corps to review the City-commissioned study, if approved
by Congress.

“The City’s study showed that there are some potential changes that can
be made to improve water quality, while protecting homes, navigation, and
all the other complex operations in the East San Pedro Bay,” said Councilmember
Gary DeLong, Chair of the Federal Legislation Committee, which is responsible
for pursuing federal funding.  “I look forward to hearing the Army
Corps’ thoughts on what potential there may be to help us improve the
water quality in Long Beach.”

“Long Beach owes a great deal of thanks to Congresswoman Laura Richardson
for spearheading the effort to secure funding for this project,” said
Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell.  “The City Council has pursued
this funding for several years, and are very pleased that our Congresswoman
was successful in her efforts.”

The Long Beach Breakwater Reconnaissance Study (formally titled the “East
San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Study) was commissioned by the Long
Beach City Council and conducted by Moffatt & Nichol, a local engineering
firm.  That study was completed in July 2009.  The reconnaissance
study is just one of the initial stages in a multi-year, multi-million
dollar process that could potentially lead to reconfiguring the breakwater
or making other changes in the East San Pedro Bay.

For more information on the study, please visit: www.longbeach.gov/citymanager/ga/breakwater.

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Ed Kamlan
City Manager's Office
City of Long Beach
333 W. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
562.570.6814
edward.kamlan@longbeach.gov

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