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  • (July 23, 2009) -- LB city management has released a Breakwater Reconnaissance study, produced by the private engineering frim of Moffatt & Nichol hired by the City of Long Beach per voted City Council action.

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    For the report's major findings, click here.

    To view the entire report, click here.

    As previously reported by, city management has scheduled at Special Study Session to review its findings on Monday, July 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

    Management says the study session will include a presentation by Moffatt & Nichol "explaining the results of the study, an outline of potential next steps, an opportunity for questions from the Mayor and City Council as well as an opportunity for the community to comment on the study results."

    City management describes the report as including "five basic alternatives to analyze for potential costs and benefits, three of which involve changes to the breakwater."

    Management says:

    Complete removal of the breakwater is not recommended in the study as a feasible option, as there are too many negative impacts that cannot be effectively mitigated in a cost-effective manner. The study does not conclude whether or not there is federal interest, as that function can only be performed by the Army Corps.

    However, the Study does provide evidence that many of the alternatives considered could both restore the ecosystem and create recreational value. 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. has further coming on this developing story.

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