As advocates and stewards for the Ballona Wetlands, the Friends’ initiatives relate to current pressing issues. In 2008 we gathered signatures to support keeping the Purdue gate of the Ballona Creek bike path open and presented the petitions to the Bicycle Coalition and Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office.
Our letter writing campaign in 2004 was designed to support California Fish and Game’s recommendation to approve Ecological Reserve (ER) status for Ballona. We followed up by sending staff and board members to the CFG Commission hearing where the matter was decided. Fortunately, that initiative was successful. Other key initiatives have been supporting the creation of the Freshwater Marsh and installation of the new tidegates, both campaigns of many years.
Our board approved Restoration Goals and Objectives support the California Coastal Conservancy’s planning process to create and approve a Ballona Wetlands restoration plan. This goals and objectives paper provides the Friends’ board input for that plan and is summarized in the Friends’ summer 2008 newsletter and Goals and Objectives Paper (Download pdf »)
The Friends hold an annual community meeting with presentations on current initiatives. For 2009, community meeting will take place on May 6, 2009, location to be determined. Other great opportunities to learn about initiatives is during Earth Day April 18, 2009 and Coastal Clean-up September 19, 2009, where staff introduces hazards of plastic and other debris in Ballona Creek, wetlands and ocean and actions to clean and reduce debris at the wetlands.