BWER 5-Year Report Published
The “Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve: Comprehensive 5-Year Monitoring Report” is published with valuable findings, including its overriding conclusion drawn from the data: the Reserve is experiencing slowly deteriorating conditions across most of the areas that are hydrologically disconnected from tidal influence. In other words, wetlands need water.
In 2009, TBF initiated a long-term monitoring program–with support from State Coastal Conservancy and CDFW–to assess the ecological condition of the Reserve, and comprehensively survey the biological, chemical, and physical characteristics needed to inform the state’s restoration planning process. The program also developed baseline information and data to assist long-term and regional monitoring programs. This final report presents data collected during all five years of the monitoring program and compares results across years to evaluate trends.
The areas noted above are hydrologically disconnected largely due to the presence of the Ballona Creek levees, along with approximately 3.1 million cubic yards of sediment dumped on what was historic wetlands. These two key negative impacts have caused a lack of connection to water sources that would normally flow in and out of wetlands, and a continued influx of non-native and invasive vegetation, such as mustard and iceplant. Please read the report HERE.
Dockwalkers on Deck for Boating Season!
What better way to gear up for boating season than readying boaters with all the best green tools! In April, TBF’s Boater Education Program and partners are offering free local Dockwalker workshops to train volunteers to promote and educate boaters on environmentally-sound boating practices in Southern California. Volunteer Dockwalkers learn to conduct face-to-face boater education and distribute boater kits, which provide educational resources and pollution prevention tools (inc. fuel bibs, absorbent pads, etc.) to boaters.
Dockwalking has proven to be an impactful way to interact with boaters to keep California’s marinas, waterways, and the ocean clean. New tools this year include the 2015 vessel sewage management guide, When Nature Calls, and a fuel bib.
BOATERS: Please seek out a Dockwalker this summer to learn more about boating clean and green!
Program partners include California Coastal Commission and California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways’ Boating Clean and Green Program.