State and federal agencies and many other stakeholders are engaged in a planning process for the enhancement of 600 acres of the Ballona Wetlands, which is owned and managed by the State of California. This is the largest coastal wetland restoration project in Los Angeles County. The restoration planning process involved extensive public outreach: more than 20 public meetings and workshops were held to get input from and provide updates to stakeholders and interested parties.
A Scientific Advisory Committee has been established to ensure that the restoration plan is based on the best available science. Five restoration scenarios were developed based upon input from more than 100 stakeholders. In 2009, the Conservancy and its partners completed the restoration feasibility study which evaluated these scenarios. Out of the public, scientific and technical review, a preferred restoration option was selected. The restoration feasibility report and other project documents are available online at www.ballonarestoration.org. In 2010, the formal environmental review process for the proposed project began. The Department of Fish and Wildlife, with support from technical consultants, is preparing an Environmental Impact Report/Statement to evaluate the potential impacts of project alternatives.