Los Cerritos Wetlands Oil Consolidation and Restoration Project
Creating a sanctuary for the community and a vision for generations
The restoration and conservation of the Los Cerritos Wetlands has been a Long Beach dream for generations. But such a grand vision requires a large commitment of investment resources and the support of civic and environmental groups. The Los Cerritos Wetlands Oil Consolidation and Restoration Project does just that—fulfilling a longtime goal to restore valuable wildlife habitat, enhance scenic views, provide public access via a new Visitor’s Center and trail and, ultimately, transfer ownership to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority (LCWA).
The oil footprint will be reduced from over 187 acres to only 10 acres—nearly 95%.
When complete, the Project will consolidate the vast majority of oil production onto two nearby parcels. This valuable habitat will be enhanced and given the opportunity to thrive for generations to come. In addition, the Los Cerritos Wetlands will be dedicated to the community for long-term stewardship.
“During the 8 years that I served as Mayor, it was a dream to restore the Los Cerritos Wetlands. We took the first steps by having some parcels placed into public hands. This project represents the last piece of the puzzle. It will enable restoration of valuable wetlands, provide a beautiful gateway to our city, and allow for a close-up view of the natural environment. This project is 15 years in the making and will be the jewel of the Long Beach area.”
“Growing up around the Los Cerritos Wetlands, I learned early on how important it is to protect our open spaces. This morning I went kayaking along the banks, reminding me of how fortunate we are to live in a community where big city luxuries and sprawling natural sanctuaries can exist side by side. I welcome these latest efforts to restore and preserve this ecological gem for generations to come.”
“Every morning I look out my window and enjoy my view of the Los Cerritos Wetlands. I look forward to the area being restored and opened up to the public so that others can experience the beauty of the wetlands.”
“As a long time Long Beach resident, I’ve waited many years to see restoration of the Los Cerritos Wetlands. My bucket list includes Synergy moving from the Bixby Ranch building and me sitting on the visitor center porch, so let’s get this started! ”