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Ballona reborn?

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  • Lu Plauzoles
    Follow-up on Jonathan Coffin s notes.. This seems to be an active spring at Ballona. Credit two major wetlands that have been activated: the Playa Vista runoff
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2003
      Follow-up on Jonathan Coffin's notes.. This seems to be an active
      spring at Ballona. Credit two major wetlands that have been activated:
      the Playa Vista runoff (constructed) marsh at Lincoln which just
      opened to the public, and the more frequent draining of the Del Rey
      Lagoon (city park) which was once the southern point of the Ballona
      Lagoon.
      Credit resident association member John Crosse for gently harassing
      the LA authorities until they established a daily gate-opening that
      allows tidal flush of that "duck and goose pond" through Ballona
      Creek. Previously the draining of the pond took place once a month and
      only anerobic organisms survived. Two days ago I saw 3
      breeding-plumage Dunlin feeding in the middle of the mud flat, along
      with 250 Western Sandpipers. Crosse counted over 200 elegant terns 10
      days ago.
      All local birders should write a card or e-mail the LA Dept of Parks
      and Recreation to praise the tidal action and encourage native
      planting on the banks. Otherwise the local commuter residents will
      complain about the awful mud until we once again harness nature back
      into a sterile park pond surrounded by kikuyu grass.

      Lu Plauzoles
      Santa Monica
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