In 1954 U.S. Congress Document 389 created Marina del Rey from 950 acres of Ballona Wetlands. To compensate for the loss of marshlands (bird habitat) they promised:
Support a slow, careful restoration
Ballona Watershed Related Material
YouTube for State Water Board Meeting in Sacramento, CA on 2.12.15 by Jeanette Vosburg.
This video is about Rain Water Saving Ideas we have used at our home in West Los Angeles.
Understanding 1) technical terms 2) commonly used terms and 3) 'words' that have extra legal meaning(s), that either restricts or enlarges, beyond the common dictionary definition is essential.
Elected and agency officials, developers and counsel should take notice that they may be liable under these enforcement provisions of the Clean Water Act: Direct Discharge.
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?
About Patricia McPherson. In 1989 Patrica started the Wetlands Committee for Sierra Club, Los Angeles Chapter. It focused on acquisition and preservation of the Ballona Wetlands. (In 2003-4 the wetlands were successfully purchased with public funding.) In 1993 she founded Grassroots Coalition (GR).
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.