Dr. David Kay - Wetland Warrior Award


Dr. David Kay earned his Bachelor’s degree in biology from UCLA in 1979, followed by a Masters in biology in 1982 from Cal State University, Northridge. He then earned a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA, in 1988. He has worked professionally in many areas of environmental management for 35 years.

David managed the environmental mitigation projects required by the California Coastal Commission for Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. These projects included restoration of 440 acres of degraded wetlands and uplands at San Dieguito Lagoon near Del Mar, construction of a 174-acre artificial kelp reef offshore from San Clemente, and funding for the Hubbs-Sea World fish hatchery in Carlsbad.

David presently manages environmental project managers and specialists responsible for environmental siting, licensing and construction compliance of SCE electrical transmission projects.

David served on the Board of Directors of Friends of Ballona Wetlands from 2007 until 2015, and served as Board President in 2012-13. He presently serves on the Board of Ballona Discovery Park.

David is a native of the Los Angeles area, where he has lived continuously since 1956.