Preservation of the Bolsa Chica wetlands is a top priority for most of us who enjoy the Huntington Beach/Seal Beach coastline.
The tentatively certified Local Coastal Program calls for the restoration of the wetlands--all 915 acres of wetlands in the Bolsa Chica--as a condition of development of surrounding property.
Final certification is contingent upon the resolution of several key issues, including the specifics on how the restoration will occur and whether a connector channel will be constructed between the proposed ocean entrance and Huntington Harbor.
The introduction of SB 1517 has facilitated discussions on these specifics and other issues of importance to the Huntington Beach community. In its ultimate form it will facilitate whatever Local Coastal Program is ultimately certified by the state Coastal Commission.
SB 1517 guarantees the funding mechanisms necessary for the restoration of the wetlands and the placement of the infrastructure (water and sewers, for example) to facilitate the development.
It is in everybody's best interests that positive discussions on this issue continue so that restoration of the wetlands will be ensured. Our office has sponsored and will continue to support many discussions among the City of Huntington Beach, County of Orange, Amigos, the developer and other concerned citizens to address some of the remaining questions.
Several positive amendments I have proposed to SB 1517 are the direct result of these meetings and negotiations.
It is only by coming together and working for a compromise that we can ensure the restoration of the wetlands and an enhanced recreational and residential resource in Bolsa Chica.