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Huntington Beach : Bolsa Chica Restoration to Be Symposium Topic

Restoration and preservation of the Bolsa Chica, Southern California’s largest remaining coastal wetlands, will be the focus of an all-day symposium April 12.

Sponsored by the 1,000-member Amigos de Bolsa Chica, the symposium will feature as speakers former California Coastal Commission Chairman Mel Nutter and Col. Fred Butler, Los Angeles district engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Butler will discuss an ongoing study of the feasibility of creating a navigable versus a non-navigable ocean entrance for a proposed marina at Bolsa Chica. The type of channel chosen will determine the type and intensity of development on about 300 acres of the 1,200-acre wetlands north of Huntington Beach.

The Amigos, which has battled developers of the wetlands for a decade, oppose a navigable channel as too costly and potentially damaging to beaches.

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The symposium will be held in the council chambers at Huntington Beach City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is open to the public. A $10 fee includes morning refreshments, lunch and an information packet. To reserve a space, call the Amigos at (714) 897-7003.


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