California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach presents
Confluence: The Turtle Connection
A novel multi-sensory experience telling the story of endangered green sea turtles at the confluence of San Gabriel River and Coyote Creek.

At the point where the San Gabriel River meets Coyote Creek in Long Beach, green sea turtles once thrived. Confluence is a project designed to bring visibility to this endangered species with site-specific multi-sensory stations inviting public involvement. Located in a remote area along the river, the stations tell the story of green sea turtles and the challenges they face from loss of nesting habitat, water pollution and climate change. The experience is part of a bigger vision to turn this inaccessible industrial alley into a valuable natural landscape. Extensive research coupled with input from local residents helped shape the design. Confluence brings visibility to the endangered sea turtles and helps to reclaim some of the lost vitality of the urban environment.

Faculty Lead:
Heather Barker

Divya Dhavala, Ava Jouyan, Sean Corfield, Aleyna Akkan, Afsana Shanta, Anthony Vivas, Ritesh Adithya

Collaborating Partner:
Aquarium of the Pacific Sea Turtle Monitoring Program, Teen Climate Council & Tidal Influence

Aligned LA County Sustainability Plan Goals:
Goal 1: Resilient and healthy community environments where residents thrive in place. Goal 3: Equitable and sustainable land use and development without displacement. Goal 5: Thriving ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity. Goal 6: Accessible parks, beaches, recreational waters, public lands, and public spaces that create opportunities for respite, recreation, ecological discovery, and cultural activities.

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