Draft EIR for the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) anticipates finalizing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) during fall of 2019. At this time, CDFW is inclined to exclude building a parking garage as part of any future project decision. The Army Corps of Engineers will finalize the Environmental Impact Statement later during its permitting process.

CDFW anticipates the following timeline:

  • Fall 2019 the EIR is finished
  • 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.

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 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
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