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, firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, P.O. Box 532711, Los Angeles, CA 90053-2325.