06 • 05 • 2017
June Is Breakwater Awareness Month in Long Beach!
Join the efforts to bring waves back to Long Beach by supporting the 8th Annual Breakwater Awareness Month throughout June. Share 'Sink The Breakwater' info online and attend local events. The annual Paddle Out for the Waves was held Saturday June 3rd at the Granada Launch Ramp. This included a paddle out from shore into the calm water to commemorate our lost waves and call for their return. (Top photo by Justin Rudd)
The next event is a Surfrider chapter meeting focusing on the Sink the Breakwater Campaign. It will be held on Thursday June 22nd from 7PM – 8:30PM at Made in Long Beach - 238 Pine Ave. in downtown Long Beach. Local experts will explain the ins & outs of the ongoing Army Corps of Engineers’ East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. It will be important to remind the Army Corps of the importance of a Breakwater Alternative that restores the historical ecosystem that existed before the breakwater. Come out to learn more on how you can help!
This long-running campaign started in 1996 when the LB Breakwater Task Force formed in the Surfrider Foundation Huntington Beach / Long Beach Chapter after the release of the Breakwater 50th anniversary newspaper article. Public outreach started and in 1998 the LB Breakwater Task Force officially became the Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter. Over the years the campaign has gained support from the Long Beach City Council and Army Corps of Engineers to develop a feasability study for an indepth professional assessment of the project. Funding for the feasibility study is the next step in the campaign. For more details please visit www.lbsurfrider.org/sink-the-breakwater