The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the restoration of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve (BWER).
CDFW, in partnership with the State Coastal Conservancy and The Bay Foundation, has spent years working with the public and envisioning a plan for the revitalization of BWER. The report, found at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/5/Ballona-EIR, is the culmination of countless hours of staff work to determine a course of action for the Ballona Wetlands which were once an approximate 2,000-acre expanse of marshes, mud flats, salt pans and sand dunes that stretched from Playa del Rey to Venice and inland to the Baldwin Hills. Today, BWER is less than 600 acres of open space, all that remains of the former wetlands, now owned by the people of California and managed by CDFW.
Following the release of this FEIR, CDFW will select a final restoration project and assist Los Angeles County Flood Control District in applying for a permit from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers as well as seeking approval from other agencies including the Coastal Commission and Regional Water Quality Control Board.
The Final EIR, appendices, and all documents referenced in the Final EIR are available for public review during normal working hours at the following locations:
California State Coastal Conservancy, 1515 Clay St., 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Los Angeles Public Library, Playa Vista Branch, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094
County of Los Angeles Public Library, Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey, 4533 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Los Angeles Public Library, Westchester-Loyola Village Branch, 7114 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045