As advocates and stewards for the Ballona Wetlands, the Friends’ initiatives relate to current pressing issues. In 2008 we gathered signatures to support keeping the Purdue gate of the Ballona Creek bike path open and presented the petitions to the Bicycle Coalition and Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office.
Our 2004 letter writing campaign was designed to support California Fish and Game’s recommendation to approve Ecological Reserve (ER) status for Ballona. We followed up by sending staff and board members to the CFG Commission hearing where the matter was decided. Fortunately, that initiative was successful. Other key initiatives have been supporting the creation of the Freshwater Marsh and installation of the new tidegates, both campaigns of many years.
Our board approved Restoration Goals and Objectives support the California Coastal Conservancy’s planning process to create and approve a Ballona Wetlands restoration plan. This goals and objectives paper provides the Friends’ board input for that plan and is summarized in the Friends’ summer 2008 newsletter and Goals and Objectives Paper (Download pdf »)
The Friends hold an annual community meeting with presentations on current initiatives. Check back for details of our 2010 community meeting. Other great opportunities to learn about our initiatives include our monthly restoration events, and on Earth Day (April 24, 2010) and Coastal Clean-up (September 18, 2010). FBW staff members explain the hazards of plastic and other debris in Ballona Creek, the wetlands and the ocean, and volunteers clean up debris at the wetlands.
For information, call the Friends @ 310.306.5994.