Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Document Title
Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination

Document Description
The Project will restore and reconnect Ballona Creek with its historical floodplain, include adaptation for sea level rise, restore upland and non-tidal wetlands, construct public access improvements, establish new flood risk and storm water management infrastructure, and provide for long-term operation and maintenance activities. The Project, as described in the EIR, is divided into two phases (Phase 1 and 2). However, during the next design phase, the Department will firm up potential sequences available to further divide the Project into smaller components. The Project includes the following restoration-related components: 1. Overall net increase of approximately 201 acres of wetlands. 2. Remove and replace approximately 9,800 feet of existing Ballona Creek levees with transitional zones to accommodate for sea level rise and realigning the existing Ballona Creek channel with a more natural “meander-shape” through the Project reach and re-established floodplain. 3. Restoring, enhancing, and establishing estuarine aquatic and associated upland habitats connected to the realigned Ballona Creek. 4. Improving tidal circulation into the Ballona Reserve and implementing other modifications to create dynamic interactions between the Ballona Creek channel, aquatic resources within the Ballona Reserve, and the Santa Monica Bay and thereby support estuarine and associated habitats within the Ballona Reserve. 5. Modifying existing infrastructure and utilities as necessary to implement restoration activities, including the abandonment or relocation of SoCalGas wells and pipelines with the Ballona Reserve. 6. Implementing long-term post-restoration activities as needed, including inspections, repairs, clean-ups, vegetation management, and related activities. Public access–related improvements include: 1. Removing existing bike trails from the middle of the Ballona Reserve, reconnecting fragmented habitat, and realigning the bike trails atop constructed levees around the perimeter of the reserve with interpretive and learning opportunities. 2. Installing approximately 29,000 additional linear feet (approximately 5.5 miles) of pedestrian-only trails. 3. Installing approximately 2,000 linear feet of elevated boardwalks. 4. Constructing two bike and pedestrian bridges. Providing access between Area A and North Area C over Lincoln Boulevard and between Area A and Area B over Ballona Creek. 5. Constructing a spur bicycle trail connection under Lincoln Boulevard (Highway 1). 6. Improving Area A and West Culver Parking Lots. Flood risk management–related components include: 1. Constructing new engineered levees set back from the existing Ballona Creek channel in Area A and along Culver Boulevard. 2. Installing, operating, and maintaining new hydraulic structures. 3. Constructing storage basin in Area B to alleviate neighborhood flooding.

Contact Information
Richard Brody
Lead/Public Agency
3883 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123

Phone : (310) 455-3243

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Project Applicant


Los Angeles
Southern California
Other Location Info
south of Marina del Rey and east of Playa del Rey. It extends roughly from the Marina Freeway (State Route [SR] 90) to the east, the Westchester bluffs to the south, Playa del Rey to the west, and Fiji Way

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


Notice of Determination
NOD Ballona   PDF 227 K

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