One of the blessings of living in the marina is the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, 640 acres that are home to approximately 1,700 species, including many that are threatened, endangered and designated as special status. It’s the last untouched coastal wetlands in Los Angeles and we can walk to it.
The gas industry is threatening to bulldoze Ballona under the guise of a “restoration” project. The only thing the fossil fuel industry is actually interested in restoring are the gas pipes and oil wells that lay underneath the reserve. Beyond being deadly for animals, including White-tailed Kite, Great Blue Heron, Burrowing Owl, Least Bell’s Vireo, Snowy Egret, Grey Foxes, Striped Skunks, Silvery Legless Lizards and Slender Salamanders, more than 1,000 native animals (such as the harbor seals and sea lions seen in this post’s header) and plants will be destroyed, displaced, or have their habitat obliterated if this decade-long project moves forward.
To make matters worse, they’re threatening to use approximately over $250 million of public funds to finance this ecological apocalypse. We can’t let that happen. Please visit DefendBallonaWetlands.org to learn more and see how you can get involved.