Ballona Watershed

Understanding the Ballona Watershed & Ballona Wetlands

 
 
 
  1. Aquifer Groundwater Infiltration Protection Recharge Watershed - 14 slides
  2. Ecological Preserve Waterflow and Dewatering Impact - 32 slides
  3. Wetlands Preservation - 35 slides
  4. Wetlands Preservation and Restoration - 48 slides
  5. Activists want Public Participation in 2016 Proposed Restoration - 12 slides
  6. Animal Welfare Presentation - 7 slides
  7. Wetland Preserves Proposed Tidal Wave Levee - 13 slides

Watch "Greed, Gridlock & Gas: The Playa Vista Story" to understand the Methane & Oilfield Gases of Ballona Wetlands and rising up into Playa Vista Buildings

A Diagram of Aquifer underlying the Ballona Wetlands
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DOUBT CALIFORNIA IS DRYING OUT? LOOK AT THESE OUTER SPACE PHOTOS!

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We have taken rainwater for granted or treated it as an enemy sloping driveways to send rainwater to the street and nearest storm drain since the 1930's. Now the LA River Watershed is taking a different approach. Why not the Ballona Watershed which sends Billions of Gallons of Water to Ballona Flood Control Channel and into the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Bay?

Instead of tossing stormwater into the sea, Los Angeles wants to capture more of it to replenish local groundwater supplies. But that is neither cheap nor easy.
LATIMES.COM
 
 
What did the L.A. Basin look like before there was an L.A.?
A team of scientists, geographers, and other researchers
recently released a report that reconstructs the ...
 
Ballona Watershed Vimeo - Douglas Fay - 60 Year Evolution of Santa Monica Bay
Discusses his famous Dad, Rimmon C. Fay's point of view
https://vimeo.com/176516818 
30 MINUTES PACKED WITH INFORMATION
 
 
JohnTommy Rosas Discussing Many Aspects of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve Restoration  Preferred Alternative #1
 
 
Congressman Ted Lieu Supports Parts of Ballona Watershed as a National Park
 
 
Implications of Ballona Wetlands Restoration - Travis Longcore

Restoration Ecologist, Ballona Wetlands Restoration - Margot Griswold
 
Lost Creeks of the Ballona Valley offer an opportunity to remove concrete channels, 
day light streams children can enjoy, and infiltrate rainwater into our aquifers.
 
Ballona Valley lost creeks
The light blue lines on the map represent earlier streams. Now our precious rain water goes into storm drains
along with contaminants from our streets.This polluted runoff flows to Ballona Creek, then into the Pacific Ocean.

Rex Frankel, Editor of Rare Earth News & President of Ballona Ecosystem Education Project.

Link to his PICASA SITES below:

EVOLUTION OF BALLONA DESTRUCTION PLANS

                     https://picasaweb.google.com/rexfrankel/EvolutionOfBallonaDestructionPlans#                                                                           

UNBURY BALLONA CREEK TO SAVE BILLIONS

          https://picasaweb.google.com/rexfrankel/UnburyBallonaCreekToSaveBillions#

BALLONA CRITTERS AT RISK FROM STATE BULLDOZING PLANS

     https://picasaweb.google.com/Rare.Earth.fotos/BallonaCrittersAtRiskFromStateSBulldozingPlans

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FACT: Marina real estate, boat slips basins and yacht clubs are all on long-term land leases of 50-60 years. Some have expired, some have been renewed, and others offer opportunities for revision..

FACT: Santa Monica Bay Restoration has advocated opening our Ballona Wetlands to the ocean. See videos by Travis Longcore and Margot Griswold for a greater understanding of our opposition to this.

FACT: A flood plane covers large areas of the lower Ballona Watershed (Venice, Marina del Rey, Ballona Wetlands and Playa del Rey). Sea level rise, a tsunami, or a huge storm event could flood the lower Ballona Watershed. 
FACT: 950 acres of Ballona Wetlands were chiseled out to create Marina del Rey small boat harbor and recreation area by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under U.S. Congress Documents 389 and 780. U.S. Congress, Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County provided funding in almost equal parts.
FACT: U.S. Congress Documents 389 and 780 designated 41.9 acres for Oxford Lagoon Bird Sanctuary. Only 10.7 acres were actually set aside.
FACT: 90% of all our wetlands in Southern California have been built on or paved over. 
FACT: Last 150 years have been the wettest in 4,000 years. Our present drought could continue for 100 years. 
FACT: 120 miles of intermittent streams, 47 miles of perennial streams, and 3.8 square miles of wetlands in Greater Los Angeles existed before storm drains were installed early in the 20th Century.
FACT: 0.61 square miles of Ballona Wetlands and 24 miles of creek existed before storm drains were installed early in the 20th Century.
FACT: Los Angeles imports around 85% of its water from over 200 miles away. It uses 30% of its state electrical power to deliver this water.

Ballona Watershed Related Material

Wetlands: An Introduction - by www.EPA.gov

http://water.epa.gov/type/wetlands/basic.cfm - Snapshot dated 11/20/2015 - Last visited November 20, 2015.

We have preserved this important EPA Wetlands Introduction on our website in case the EPA changes their web content.  The format or layout has changed in the copy and pasted operation of the HTML main content area.  You may wish to view the original at the above URL.

 


 

Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission: CA State / Agencies Controversies - Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the Ballona Wetlands

Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission In 2010 Grassroots Coalition's President Patricia McPherson, with the help of associate John Davis began researching the way in which the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission interfaced with the (*so called) Public Private Partnership (PPP) known as the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation (an independent private business).

Ballona Watershed: Dewatering Ballona Wetlands 2013 Presentations by Patricia Mcpherson

Grassroots Coalition President, Patricia McPherson, provided power point presentations to California Coastal Commission.  The power point presentation links are below. The power points are for the targeted audience.

[The files below need Windows PowerPoint, PPT plugin, OpenOffice or similar to view.]

1) California Coastal Commission Hearing - Presentation June 2013-a.pptx 38 meg download (43 pages)

Ballona Watershed: Ballona West Bluffs (Uplands) with Rex Frankel 2003 prior to loss of uplands and construction of homes

The Ballona West Bluffs (Uplands) were lost to developers. Rex Frankel speaks out in 2003.  Officially presented to Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC) in December 2005 at the Yacht Club Meeting Room.

 

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SIERRA CLUB AIRPORT MARINA GROUP MEETING 3.15.16 with Speakers Rex Frankel and Melanie Winter

1 - SIERRA CLUB INVITE pdf 3.15.16.pdf

Please join Sierra Club Airport Marina Group
Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey
Tuesday, March 15th from 7 pm to 9:00 pm
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Two well known and respected speakers will share Ideas on Rainwater Capture, Cleanup, Reuse & Much More . . . 

YouTube: How To Use A Catchment Basin To Eliminate Ponding And To Save Precious Rain Water on an Industrial Property.

https://youtu.be/kLVqSvcv8eA

During heavy rains, our industrial parking lot would have six inch puddles. Our cement contractor, De Olivera Concrete removed approximately 1,000 feet of concrete, dug a 8 by 8 by 8 foot deep Catchment Basin, filled it with gravel, and installed a steel grate so rainwater could percolate back into the earth. This win, win situation helped the tenant and put much need rainwater back into our aquifer. 
 

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