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Coastal Wetlands and Lagoons

Coastal wetlands and lagoons form at the mouths of rivers and streams where fresh water and salt water meet. In general, wetlands are open to the ocean while lagoons are seasonally separated from the ocean by sand bars. Today, more than 95% of Southern California’s wetlands have been lost due to human development – the largest loss of any state in the nation. Many of the remaining wetland systems have become degraded from more than a century of human neglect. Our wetland group collects information and study's wetland and lagoon systems throughout the area. The information and research done by TBF is used to help improve the health of these valuable resources. TBF is actively engaged with projects at the Ballona Wetlands, and Malibu Lagoon.