The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (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 the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve (BWER). The Ballona Wetlands 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. See the link opens in new windowBallona Wetlands Restoration Project for more information.

CDFW, as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, is coordinating the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project. CDFW is soliciting comments on the Draft EIR.

CDFW requests that written comments be provided at the earliest possible date. The public comment period is expected to end 5 p.m. on November 24, 2017.

In addition, one public hearing, where verbal and written comments will be accepted, is scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Burton Chase Park – Community Center
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, Calif. 90292