Lower Ballona

Ballona Wetlands Flood Plain: In 1952 they were really wet!

Ballona Lower Wetlands in 1952. Notice Lincoln Blvd is a levee road surrounded on both sites by water.

When a developer uses the word "restoration" do you think they mean the wetlands state before Marina Del Rey Harbor was built in 1954?  Or does the developer mean bulldoze current animal homes, and replant a careful, artful designed and manicured modern native plant selection, and hope the animals come back?  Suitable as a tourist attraction and for hotel guests to gaze upon from their hi-rise rental rooms?

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.

 

Understanding the Ballona Watershed / Wetlands / Experts' Views on Ballona Restoration

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.

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