MOST RECENT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR 127 SQUARE MILE BALLONA WATERSHED
Marina Del Rey
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EOiBNlfbfQ 10 minutes
1. Public Hearings on Fiji Way's Basin H Free Public Parking Lot 52, Parcel FF, Parcel 9U, Pier 44 and Fisherman's Village offer a rare opportunity to publicly define current recreational needs of Los Angeles County.
2. Public Hearings on the 2016 Local Coastal Plan Amendment offer a once in five years opportunity to identify the Environmental Impacts of pollutants from proposed expansion so close to the Ballona Wetlands.
3. Los Angeles County spent 2 million dollars of taxpayer money lobbying the California Coastal Commission to Amend the last Local Coastal Plan to change the ESHA (Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area) designation that protected mature trees, Monarch Butterflies and Heron Rookeries. We need to correct this at the Coastal Commission this year.
4. The Ballona Watershed flood plain covers large areas of the Marina. Sea level rise, a tsunami, or a huge storm event could flood the lower Ballona Watershed creating wide-spread property damage, road closures and loss of life. Tsunami warnings are posted in the Marina.
5. Ownership of these 950 acres of Marina del Rey Land has been contentious. Hotels, condos, apartments, stores, boat slips and yacht clubs are all on long-term land leases of 50-60 years. The County continues to eliminate parking lots / park set asides for development.
6. Some have expired, some have been renewed, and others are in contention.6. Opposition to Proposed Development Projects has grown among residents, recreational boaters, bicyclists, bird watchers, fisherman, walkers, runners and environmentalist.
7. Millions of dollars in public funds were spent to acquire land, dredge the channel, widen our beach 450 feet for 5.5 miles, create a small craft harbor, provide fishing, swimming, recreation and wildlife opportunities for the people of LA. Funding was provided U.S. Congress U.S. Congress, Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County in almost equal parts.
8. U.S. Congress Documents 389 and 780 defined Oxford Lagoon Bird Sanctuary as 41.9 acres. Only 10.7 acres were actually set aside.
9. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the Channel and the 12 small craft harbor basins. Funding for continual maintenance of the Channel is appropriated by U.S. Congress.
10. Water sustains all life, without it all living things perish. 90% of all our wetlands in Southern California have been built on or paved over. We have done this at our peril.
11. Over development threatens Via Marina, Fiji Way and Admiralty Way: Wetland Meadow Parcel 9U, Mariners Village old growth trees, cormorants and heron rookery on Via Marina; Dock 52, Parcel FF, and Fisherman's Village on Fiji Way; and, Pier 44 on Admiralty Way.
12. 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.
Marina Del Rey Related Material
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).
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.
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1) California Coastal Commission Hearing - Presentation June 2013-a.pptx 38 meg download (43 pages)
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.
GC and John Davis , Kathy Knight, on behalf of BEEP, attended the MDR Small Craft Harbor meeting of 7/13/10. During public comment, we requested the 2 issues cited below be agendized. We established that:
Stop Marina Over Development Meeting
Sierra Club Airport Marina Group
April 14th, 2015 at 7 PM
Patricia McPherson and Jeanette Vosburg will be at this Sierra Club Airport Marina Group meeting. Come early as nearby parking will be limited.