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Mechanized excavation and grading has been employed in many wetland restorations to lower filled-in areas.
Marla Kay February 25, 2014 at 03:36 am
An important project for our environment will always have controversy. Everyone should know theRead More facts about what restoring the Ballona wetlands means to our environment. I invite you to join Friends of Ballona Wetlands to hear the facts. Marla Kay
Trash in a bicycle theft "chop shop" in the Ballona uplands.
Margot Griswold November 27, 2013 at 04:17 pm
No where do I mentioned a "Do Nothing" proposal. Quite the contrary, there is plenty to doRead More at Ballona. As an ecologist, I use the most recent information that shows Ballona historically was not a full tidal wetlands, and it was only open to tidal influence when large flood events breached the dune system in the area near Del Rey Lagoon, allowing tidal flows until the dunes again built up to block the tidal flow. Let's take another look at the current goals of the 'restoration' proposal, and come up goals for for a more reasonable project to preserve and enhance existing ecological values and functions, and one that also provides efficient and adequate management of the ecological reserve. You might want to review other environmental rules, by the way - ESA, CCC ESHA, CESA, MBTA just to list a few.
David W. Kay November 28, 2013 at 08:45 am
The Last Word (since it is my blog): Let the Record Show by Her Own Words Above, 1. Dr. GriswoldRead More opposes correcting the past mistake by LA County of disposing of 3 million cubic yards of dredge spoil and fill dirt on top of existing saltmarsh in Areas A and C. 2. Dr. Griswold opposes restoration of tidal wetland on state-owned land in the Coastal Zone at Ballona which formerly supported tidal wetland. 3. Dr. Griswold advocates doing restoration "on the cheap" at Ballona, despite regional taxpayers contributing over one billion dollars to statewide bond funding specifically earmarked for coastal restoration, by popular statwide vote. 4. Dr. Griswold relies on non-peer reviewed geography hypotheses published by wastewater treatment industry-financed organizations instead of professional hydraulic and tidal dynamic modeling accepted worldwide to predict flood hydrographs, resulting tidal inlet scour and their infilling frequency by littoral processes. 5. Dr. Griswold advocates habitat restoration by the Community, but has not proposed a project plan, scope, cost or schedule for accomplishing this, while those who have calculate it would take 140 years for a feasible volunteer workforce to execute even a minimal habitat restoration of Area A. 6. Dr. Griswold implies the Friends of Ballona Wetlands, a non-profit organization that has advocated for comprehensive tidal restoration at Ballona for 35 years, is suddenly leveraging the Marina homeless challenges in a sinister way to support their position, which aligns with longstanding state and federal coastal protection law and policy.
Ruth Lansford December 7, 2013 at 02:24 pm
I'm appalled at Dr. Griswold's snide comment accusing the Friends of using the homeless issue toRead More promote what she considers the wrong solution for Ballona restoration. The homeless issue came to our attention when my son, who spent much of his youth tramping around Ballona, returned for a visit. Of course, he revisited his old stamping grounds and came back with the news that the homeless had taken over much of the inland portion of Ballona on both sides of the creek, had established a bicycle "chop shop", had been doing some shooting, and had created piles of garbage, including human excrement, which had attracted rats. That is when the Friends decided to notify all agencies with jurisdiction at Ballona of the problem. In no way was our action (taken at my urging) related to proposed restoration plans. We may disagree on science, but that's no excuse for groundless accusations impugning the Friends' integrity.
Friends of Ballona Wetlands "Do Something" conceptual plan
Elizabeth A. Pollock September 6, 2013 at 09:57 am
David, this is still incorrect. The Del Rey Neighborhood Council discussed the Annenberg proposalRead More at their March and April 2013 meetings, but no motion was ever passed. (See the minutes at www.delreync.org) The Del Rey Residents Association, of which I am president, did vote to oppose the Annenberg proposal, but we have not yet weighed in on the overall restoration project. Elizabeth A. Pollock
Marcia Hanscom September 6, 2013 at 03:29 pm
There are so many inaccurate statements in this blog that it is difficult to know where to begin. IRead More will point out one glaring error: "Public scoping" began in August, 2012 - not 15 years ago. NO public restoration planning process has been going on for 15 years. Some of the land was only acquired 10 years ago this December; the rest about six months later. It was several years before any state agencies began to take notice of the public and Ballona and think about spending some of the millions of dollars of bond money that remained after the land purchase.
David Warren September 7, 2013 at 06:49 pm
Please provide the minutes of whatever Venice Neighborhood Council action you perceive was taken.Read More This is another false statement. The VNC Environment Committee IS on record against the proposed bulldozing of Ballona, and the Board has yet to fully consider the proposed resolution.
Satellite image over Lincoln Blvd. showing social trails and homeless encampments in the Ballona Wetlands State Ecological Reserve
David W. Kay August 18, 2013 at 09:27 pm
Jon and Pat, Pleased to leave your comments here. They speak to the content of your character. IRead More don't think anyone reads my blog except for you and Walter. Maybe we should just sit at a cafe and yell at eachother? -DK
Laura Sanderson Healy August 24, 2013 at 01:22 pm
I wish there was a way to really protect the Ballona Wetlands from the builders and non-natureRead More conservators. I fear what we are all going to lose from the constant encroachment on this pristine portion of wild land.
Bruce & Marlyn Gibson August 27, 2013 at 08:31 am
What chance is there to find other places for these homeless? I would like to see them all out ofRead More there. Just the human waste is enough to trip the balance. There has to be a way or all the work done by so many, will be for naught. Mayday Mayday Marlyn Gibson