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Wandering LA’s Wetlands

February 2 was World Wetlands Day, which has us thinking about how much we love LA’s wetlands. A haven for a wide variety of wildlife and plants, wetlands also help filter, clean and store water. When it rains, they act like a big sponge, soaking up water and preventing flooding. They’re also a great place to…

Ballona Creek Prepares For Big And Small Projects

Ballona Creek was a vastly different watershed when Los Angeles became a city in 1781. Researchers believe that the watershed was home to 14,000 acres of wetlands featuring meadows, fresh water ponds and thickets of Willow trees. It even had a different name – Ballena. There is no word “Ballona” in the Spanish language. One…

For Ballona’s Birds [SLIDESHOW]

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’ west side is Ballona Wetlands, a natural oasis for creatures of all different persuasions. When one visits the freshwater marsh portion of Ballona’s wetlands, as I did recently on a bright and blustery spring day, it is…

LA’s Historic Storms [Slideshow]

El Niño tracking didn’t begin until the 1950s, but Los Angeles has weathered a long history of epic storms and devastating floods. The following two slideshows cover more than 130 years of LA storms from the pre-channelization of the LA River to the previous El Niño in 1997 and the soggy rainy season of 2010. 1880-1959 From 1880-1938, flooding…

LA Wetlands Shine During American Wetlands Month

May marks the 21st anniversary of the EPA’s American Wetlands Month – a time when we celebrate the vital role that wetlands play. But what exactly are wetlands and why are they so important? Wetlands are a vital link between land and water –  a low-lying transitional area (or marsh) where water, nutrients and sunlight…

Celebrating the Ballona Creek Watershed

If you have lived in the Los Angeles area for any amount of time, or are just a fan of ecological gems in the area, than you have likely heard of Ballona Creek and its important watershed that surrounds it. The creek may not have the same reputation as the LA River, but that doesn’t…

Clean Water Begins with You

When it rains it pours. At least that was the case for part of December here in Southern California, with more rainfall likely in the near future. As we’ve noted before, rains can wash unwanted trash through our storm drain system where it ends up polluting our watershed and ocean beaches. Friends of Ballona Wetlands…

Third Ballona Creek Watershed Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, September 21st

The City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program, on behalf of the Ballona Creek watershed, invites you to participate in the third workshop for the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Implementation Plans for the Ballona Creek watershed on Tuesday, September 21st. The two previous workshops discussed the identification and prioritization of pollutant hotspots and…

Friends of the Ballona Wetlands Honor Cynthia M. Ruiz, Los Angeles Public Works President

On April 29, 2010 at an evening awards ceremony held on the 51st floor of City National Plaza, the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands recognized Los Angeles Board of Public Works Commissioner Cynthia M. Ruiz as a “Watershed Warrior” for her ongoing efforts to protect Ballona Wetlands. Commissioner Ruiz and Terry O’Day of Santa Monica…

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