Sierra Club to Take on ‘Ballona Wetlands: Restoration or Destruction’ at January Meeting

The Sierra Club Airport-Marina Group will meet on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at  7:00 pm at the Burton Chace Park Community Room 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. The controversial plan to restore Ballona by turning it into a saltwater wetland is under the critical eye of the Sierra Club, and the meeting will offer Patricia McPherson, Rex Frankel, and Walter Lamb speaking to the matter.

From the Sierra Club  – The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is betraying the public trust. The newly released FEIR serves the interests of a group of private/fossil fuel/NGO entities who are intent upon the radical transformation of Ballona, violating both the protected status of the Ecological Reserve and the vested interests of the public.

The group characterizes the excavation of at least five million tons of habitat as a “restoration”: digging down/up/out to a depth of twenty-five to thirty feet; extending Santa Monica Bay inland by flooding Ballona and turning it into a full tidal saltwater bay; piling up miles of twenty-five foot dirt levees that will obstruct the public’s view of the wetlands; destroying traditional ecosystems rather than protecting and preserving the traditional seasonal freshwater Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve; bulldozing habitat that is the home of hundreds of species of wildlife, including endangered species; violating the seasonal, migratory patterns of thousands of birds, and; destroying indigenous sacred sites and cultural heritage.

Squandering hundreds of millions of dollars of public money for a ten-year engineering project that ignores the impacts of climate change on the last coastal seasonal freshwater wetlands in Los Angeles County, is anything but a “restoration.”

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