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Bring Back Ballona!

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A Coalition of Leading Environmental NGOs has been working diligently to advocate for a full restoration of Ballona. The Wetlands Restoration Principles Coalition Steering Committee fighting for restoration consists of: Friends of Ballona Wetlands, Heal the Bay, LA Waterkeeper, Surfrider Foundation, and Trust for Public Land.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is the lead agency for the planning, implementation, and management of the restoration of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve (BWER). Successful restorations have taken place all along the California coast and provided countless benefits to the wildlife and people living nearby.

After a quarter century of the community holding off development in the wetlands, the State, under Gov. Davis acquired the wetlands in 2003. The land is permanently protected from development to serve as habitat for wildlife. At the time of acquisition, there was a clear need for restoration and planning got underway soon after the purchase. Many years later, plans for restoration have finally been released through a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which the State and Army Corps released in the fall of 2017. CDFW received thousands of comments on the DEIR to restore Ballona. They are currently reviewing the comments and developing the final report.

Read comment letters from the coalition and individual organizations to CDFW below:

Wetlands Restoration Principles Coalition Steering Committee »

Friends of Ballona Wetlands »

Heal the Bay »

Los Angeles Waterkeeper »

The Trust for Public Land »

Read the Draft EIR for the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve »

 
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