Habitat Restoration

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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?

Wetlands: Wetland Acreage Change 1954-2009 bar chart from US EPA

The US EPA's Report on the Environment (ROE) provides a good overview of the importance of wetlands.  The EPA has spent tax payers' dollars to create this web section, as the found out it's a scientific fact that wetlands are critical to our planet's health.

http://cfpub.epa.gov/roe/chapter/water/wetlands.cfm

 

http://cfpub.epa.gov/roe/indicator.cfm?i=37#1

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