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Draft EIR for the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

The public comment period for this DEIR has been extended. Written comments will now be received until 5 p.m. PST, February 5, 2018. 

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.

Due to file size, reference materials are not available on this website, but are available upon request.

Send written comments via regular mail or email to:

Richard Brody, CDFW
c/o ESA (jas)
550 Kearny Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94108


The Draft EIR, appendices, and all documents referenced in the Draft EIR are available for public review during normal working hours at the following locations:

  • California State Coastal Conservancy, 1515 Clay St., 10th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Los Angeles Public Library, Playa Vista Branch, 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094
  • County of Los Angeles Public Library, Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey, 4533 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292
  • Los Angeles Public Library, Westchester-Loyola Village Branch, 7114 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90045

CDFW requests that written comments be provided at the earliest possible date. The public comment period is expected to end 5 p.m. on February 5, 2018.

In addition, one public hearing where verbal and written comments were accepted was held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Burton Chace Park Community Center in Marina del Rey.

link opens in new windowVideo of the public meeting

CDFW will review all substantive comments received during the review period and provide written responses in a Final EIR. The Final EIR will be made available to the public and will provide a basis for decision-making by permitting authorities.

South Coast Region (Region 5)
Regional Manager: Ed Pert
Main Office: 3883 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123
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