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Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project

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APPLICANT: California Department of Fish and Game (Corps Regulatory file no. SPL-2010-01155)

AREA: The study area encompasses the Ballona Wetlands and adjacent lands within Los Angeles County, California at approximately 33.966934, -118.441920.


DESCRIPTION: The study area is located in Los Angeles County, California. The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC), working in partnership with the California Coastal Conservancy and the California Dept. of Fish and Game (CDFG, landowner), is seeking to restore lands within the area currently known as the “Ballona Wetlands”. This area contains degraded wetlands, as well as adjacent, undeveloped uplands, located south of Ballona Creek just below Marina del Rey. SMBRC originally signed a cost-sharing agreement with the Corps and initiated the feasibility study in 2005 but withdrew to instead seek 404 and 408 permits alongside an EIS. Under the applicant’s proposed project design, the levees along Ballona Creek would be subject to major modification (realignment around restoration area).

STATUS: SMBRC has applied for authorization from the Corps through its Section 404 (for discharges of fill under the Clean Water Act) and Los Angeles County (local sponsor) has applied for authorization under Section 408 (for modification to public facilities under Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act) in order to construct the project without federal funding, and under a WRDA214 funding agreement with the Corps (expected April 2014). A Notice of Intent was published in the federal register on July 25, 2012, and the scoping comment period was extended to October 23, 2012. A scoping meeting was held on August 16, 2012 at the restoration site. The DEIS/EIR is expected to be completed late 2014 and Record of Decision in 2016.

UPDATED: 06 March 2014

Regulatory Program Goals:
• To provide strong protection of the nation's aquatic environment, including wetlands.
• To ensure that the Corps provides the regulated public with fair and reasonable decisions.
• To enhance the efficiency of the Corps’ administration of its regulatory program.

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