Demand Accountability for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project!
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The Ballona Wetlands are one of our last remaining coastal wetlands in southern California. Once spanning over 2,000 acres, they have been reduced to 600 highly altered and degraded acres.
The Ballona Wetlands need restoration and they need it now; without action, they will only continue to deteriorate.
The land was purchased by the State of California in 2003 and shortly thereafter, restoration planning began. Over thirteen years later we are still waiting for a plan! The restoration plan is an Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/EIS) which will present four different options for restoration. The Army Corps of Engineers and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) are the lead agencies preparing the EIR/EIS and will make the final decision about restoration plans.
Residents, environmental groups, businesses, and concerned individuals have been anxiously awaiting the release of the EIR/EIS for the restoration of Ballona Wetlands. Deadlines have come and gone. The most recent deadline, summer of 2016, has passed and official word just set a new deadline in mid-2017.
This is unacceptable. We demand to see the EIR/EIS now.
Further, we want to know why the EIR/EIS is so delayed. What assurance do we have that the new timeline will be met?
The Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife must be held accountable.
The Ballona Wetlands are a critical natural resource that humans and wildlife depend upon. Without immediate action, we risk irreparable harm – the time to act is now!
Add your name to this petition to show the Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and elected officials that restoration of Ballona Wetlands must be a priority and that it needs to start now with the release of the EIR/EIS!
UPDATE: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released the Final Environmental Impact Report for the restoration of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in December 2019.
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