Save Los Angeles’s Waterfront – Sink the Long Beach Breakwater

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Target: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District

Goal: Renegotiate plans to study the Long Beach breakwater and ultimately improve the natural water flow and marine ecosystem

Long Beach, California locals are now closer than ever to reaching a dream that began 15 years ago: sinking the breakwater. If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers can renegotiate and agree upon the new study model, then the proposed three year project can commence sometime within the next few months. This would be a major benefit for both the city’s coastal environment and local economy.

The Long Beach breakwater was initially constructed by the Federal government in 1949 and used for military purposes by the U.S. Navy. The wall no longer serves any purpose, and in fact has had a negative net effect on the surrounding area. With the lack of water movement in the bay, the natural cleansing mechanism of waves is essentially non-functional. The stagnant water is polluted with bacteria and full of urban runoff from nearby Los Angeles River basin. A beach that was once populated with surfers, swimmers, and tourists is completely deserted.

The new plan – referred to as the “3X3X3” – model, would result in a study that would take no longer than three years to conduct, cost no more than $3 million total, and fit into a binder less than three inches thick. The study would analyze the best way to reduce and reconfigure the breakwater while maintaining a safe harbor.

A successful reconfiguration of the breakwater would improve the state of the marine ecosystem, lead to greater water quality, and restore the natural wave break for surfers. Local businesses would benefit, property values would rise, and quality of life in the area would increase.

It is urgent that the Army Corp work to get the study started, as this project can no longer be stalled. Without working to sink the breakwater now, the local environment will continue to deteriorate making it even harder to restore ecosystem balance. Please support this time-sensitive call to action.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Army Corps of Engineers,

There has never been a more pressing time to take the Long Beach breakwater issue seriously and with haste. The structure is no longer of use, and by reconfiguring it we can restore and save the natural environment. No one can enjoy the area as it is now, due to bacteria, runoff, and additional pollution that has been trapped over the years. The once healthy ecosystem has deteriorated and if proper steps are not taken soon it may reach a point of no return.

By renegotiating and agreeing on the recently proposed plan we can protect our natural environment and stimulate the local economy. It has been claimed that if successful, the reconfiguration could bring in up to $52 million annually in tourist revenue. Please do not waste any more time in taking action and helping to sink the Long Beach breakwater.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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