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Environmental Report on Ballona Restoration Project Underway

The public has until Sept. 10 to comment on the project.

Engineers are preparing an environmental impact report for the proposed Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project that hopes to revitalize the area for wildlife and increase water circulation.

The report, started on July 25 and being drafted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Fish and Game, will assess the environmental effects of restoring the 600-acre Ballona Wetlands. The public has until Sept. 10 to comment on the project.

Engineers aim to return the daily ebb and flow of tidal waters, maintain freshwater circulation and improve the overall ecosystem in an effort to improve habitat for native species.

The wetlands area originally encompassed over 2,000 acres, but after years of development, only about 600 acres remain. If restored, migratory birds and the public would have access to a larger wetlands area. And, rehabilitation would enhance the quality of the adjacent marine environment, according to the Engineer Corps.

Restoration involves creating levees along the perimeter of the project area as well as removing existing levees to create a meandering channel. Engineers would also install tidal gates to manage flood risks and drainage. Trails and overlook platforms would facilitate visitor access. 

In their report, engineers are also including alternatives that will analyze the impacts of maintaining the wetland as-is or restoring a smaller portion of the 600-acre site. 

A public meeting will be conducted on Aug. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fiji Gateway entrance to the Ballona Wetlands, located at 13720 Fiji Way.

People who wish to submit comments regarding the project, may contact Dr. Daniel P. Swenson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 213-452-3414, daniel.p.swenson@usace.army.mil or by mail at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA 90053-2325.

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Chuck Mason July 30, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Everytime I drive along Culver Bl west of Lincoln I think of the murder scene in The Godfather. Pauly got it in the head while sitting in the car. "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
Marcia Hanscom August 03, 2012 at 12:23 AM
The Ballona Wetlands don't need to be "revitalized for wildlife." There are rare and endangered species thriving there. The US Army Corps of Engineers has declared war on the Ballona Wetlands, with several state agencies helping. Those of us who worked so hard to protect this special treasure will stand for Nature and work to prevent the assault that is planned. It's 1984 in terms of the language the government is using to try to convince the public they will make it "better." The facts tell a different story.
Susan Suntree August 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
One has to wonder what motivates the state agencies and organizations behind this massive expenditure of tax money at a time of massive state funding cuts. No matter the perspective from which the Ballona ecosystem is viewed, there is no emergency. So why spend this money now (or at ever) when it is so badly needed by the poor, the sick, and by students among many others???
Jonathan Coffin August 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
The Engineering Solution emphasized in this story is no friend to the delicate flora and fauna now present at Ballona today. The Marina Del Rey patch needs to work harder at not being a propaganda voice for engineering solutions.
Elisabeth Smith September 01, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Where is the proof that anything needs to be done to the wetlands? It can't be more than 10 yrs that the wetlands was "restored". Let nature continue to do its work. and I thought the natural ebb and flow was to be in the original "restoration"? The money for this project can be surely used in a "better" way.
Julie Stromberg October 09, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Hi- do you know of any scientific literature on the Ballona wetlands and the restoration project? I would like to find out more information about these topics.

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