WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK, PLEASE COMMENT. Margot Griswold's Talk on August 27, 2016 about Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve Restoration & lack of adequate public participation in the process. Margot says Ballona Wetlands was rarely open to full tidal. It would just open when it was a heavy rainy season. It would open from the land side to the ocean. Then the sand would come back from the ocean side.
What coastal wetlands have been lost the most? It is your salt pan. This type of habitat has been lost.
What's been your biggest increase? Open water and tidal wetlands.
We are always hearing Ballona is so degraded it needs this huge restoration, this very expensive, intensive machinery. Dredging. Getting rid of the soil that came from Marina del Rey. That was good soil. It was wetland soil. Things have changed. It made it a more upland habitat.
We could just raise Culver up with all that money and put some culverts under Culver to connect the different areas.
Wetlands need to be wet. So, why are there illegal drains draining the wetlands that used to be quite wet? They're not permitted and they were installed about the time the "Fresh Water Marsh" was installed. Speaking of the "Fresh Water Marsh, it's a lot of water. It gets pump out into Ballona Creek and then to the ocean.
The levees are going to be 20 feet high. Jeanette has asked to see what that is going to look like. When you are on Culver Blvd you won't see anything. You'll be in a Canyon. The habitats that have made it all these years, even with all the disturbance, are there. We need to respect that. We can do a much less intensive enhancement of Ballona and make it quite wonderful.
Habitats are tied to the soil, the hydrology and the landscape position. This is the basics of habitat restoration. This isn't a restoration; it is a creation. It bears no resemblance to historically what was there. There could be things done but just not as dramatic and drastic. We don't have to move 3.1million cubic yards that was dumped there. It already is amazing and spectacular.
My design alternative: No impact to landscape features that have been stable since the late 1800's such as the existing dunes, the salt pan and the brackish marsh habitats. Do not remove levees as
it would unnaturally open the wetlands to permanent tidal flow. Use tidal gates and active management to restore and create wetland conditions to support the current rare and endangered species that are there.
This was recorded prior to EIR/EIS Release. 24 Minutes.
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