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Video: Restoring Ballona and Other SoCal Wetlands

An appreciation for Southern California's coastal wetlands and the vital role they play in maintaining a healthy environment and balanced ecosystem.

The Ballona Wetlands stretch from Playa del Rey to Venice. The site is owned by the state and managed by the California Department of Fish and Game as an ecological reserve. The California Coastal Conservancy and the California State Lands Commission are partners in the planning and restoration of the wetlands.

The development decades ago of Marina del Rey and the Ballona Creek Flood Control Channel severed the connection between the ocean and the freshwater Ballona Creek, leaving the wetlands unable to support many of the native species that once lived there.

The Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project aims to return the daily ebb and flow of tidal waters, maintain freshwater circulation and improve the overall ecosystem to give native species a chance to survive. Once restored, the wetlands could resume its role as a refuge for the millions of birds that travel from South America to Alaska each year.

Video is a G2 Gallery Production. Written and narrated by David Kay. Directed, filmed and edited by Erik Friedl. Music by Nathanael Barbey.

Marcia Hanscom September 21, 2012 at 04:49 AM
This is propaganda paid with public dollars in an effort to get more public dollars for a giant public works project that will destroy nature and harm imperiled and endangered species. There are numerous inaccuracies and false statements in this video.
Ted Vaill September 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM
The ecoNazis running this unnecessary project hire their friends to do jobs awarded with no competitive bidding, the results of which are unaudited. A bureaucracy run wild, a waste of taxpayer money resulting in a destruction of the environment.
David W. Kay October 04, 2012 at 02:31 PM
There is one set of facts. The public must engage and become educated on those facts. They will conclude a comprehensive restoration of some sort will benefit us all, despite misgivings of a few folks.

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