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).
Understanding the Ballona Watershed & Ballona Wetlands
- Aquifer Groundwater Infiltration Protection Recharge Watershed - 14 slides
- Ecological Preserve Waterflow and Dewatering Impact - 32 slides
- Wetlands Preservation - 35 slides
- Wetlands Preservation and Restoration - 48 slides
- Activists want Public Participation in 2016 Proposed Restoration - 12 slides
- Animal Welfare Presentation - 7 slides
- Wetland Preserves Proposed Tidal Wave Levee - 13 slides
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?
What did the L.A. Basin look like before there was an L.A.?
30 MINUTES PACKED WITH INFORMATION
Rex Frankel, Editor of Rare Earth News & President of Ballona Ecosystem Education Project.
Link to his PICASA SITES below:
EVOLUTION OF BALLONA DESTRUCTION PLANS
UNBURY BALLONA CREEK TO SAVE BILLIONS
BALLONA CRITTERS AT RISK FROM STATE BULLDOZING PLANS
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.
Ballona Watershed Related Material
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)
Playa Vista Dewatering and Bulldozing the Ballona Wetlands East of Lincoln early 2003. See the flooded wetlands.
Mr Video Man does an excellent job on Poisoned Paradise.
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.
Lots of opinions were expressed on the proposed Annenberg Pet Clinic in the Ballona Wetlands. It is now being built at Playa Vista!
It pays to speak up.
For several years the Ballona Wetlands have appeared remarkably dry, even in the rainy season. Ballona volunteers have been perplexed. We asked Why? A Public Request Act (PRA) may have supplied the answer!
What is a watershed?
A. A watershed is basically a drainage area. In other words, when it rains, the rain follows the terrain, flowing down over the surface to a central low point – a river, creek, lake, or bay. The watershed is the entire area that drains water to that low point.
Grassroots Coalition believes in open government
and full disclosure of health and safety issues.
More to come... check weekly
Since 1993, Grassroots Coalition has stood for transparent, accountable government, and full disclosure of environmental public health and safety issues including gas and oil field operations and to preserve and restore our precious Local Ballona Watershed. These videos and our downloadable 12 page booklet about the the Ballona Wetlands are short and informative.