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Draft EIR for the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

In coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) anticipates finalizing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) during the first half of 2019. At this time, CDFW is inclined to exclude building a parking garage as part of any future project decision.

CDFW anticipates the following timeline:

  • First half of 2019 the final EIS/EIR is made public for 30 days per NEPA requirements (the “cooling-off period”)
  • CDFW begins preparing the next 408 application submittal to the Army Corps of Engineers, including 60 percent design plans and detailed engineering technical analyses (roughly six to 10 months)
  • Los Angeles County Flood Control District (LACFCD) provides input and agrees to submit the 408 application submittal on behalf of CDFW (roughly three months)
  • LACFCD submits 408 application submittal to the Army Corps of Engineers for its review and processing (roughly 12 months), and subsequent review by the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (unknown)
  • CDFW seeks approvals from other agencies, e.g. Coastal Commission, Regional Water Quality Control Board, etc. (timing depends on the permitting agency’s process)

The public comment period for this DEIR closed February 5, 2018.

CDFW will review all comments received during the public comment 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.

It is difficult to accurately estimate the schedule for completion of the Final EIR. CDFW received more than 7,000 public comments. Until we have developed responses to a majority of comments it is difficult to estimate when we will be done. A very rough guess is we would be finished responding to the comments and preparing a final EIR by the end of 2018. We are working to finalize a schedule and will post it as soon as we can.

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.

link opens in new windowNotice of Availability (PDF)

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


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