A Balloneous Funk
May 12, 2011 § 9 Comments
I will probably regret this. Today a hit piece went out on the Ballona Wetlands Restoration planning effort. And I posted a comment (hyperlinks added here):
I would be laughing if this wasn’t smearing good people doing solid work. The SMBRC is among public environmental agencies (technically it’s a state entity) being dragged through the mud for preferring to relocate the Ballona Creek levees to the (almost) outer edges of the state property – and while I could respect a point of view that says hey, what’s colonized within the current disturbed ecosystem is valuable, it is absurd to ignore the realities of the effects of manmade levees and constrained tidal flows on a wetlands system and pretend that it is highly functioning with these structures. You may discredit me on the grounds that I’m former SMBRC staff and remain friends with current staff, or that I’ve received a contract for work on Ballona Creek*, or that I’m not a scientist – that is entirely within the spirit of the article, and variations of that kind of discrediting have been spun for just about anyone not in agreement with your sources. So for the skeptics, here’s a fun fact: the Regional Water Quality Control Board listed hydromodification (aka the levees) as a water quality impairment for the Ballona Wetlands, in other words the levees themselves impact the wetlands in a way that violates the Clean Water Act. And for the curious, I recommend a Google Maps/Earth tour of the California coast to observe how our healthiest coastal ecosystems don’t have levees parked between wetlands and creeks. And if it took heavy machinery to place those levees, it will probably take heavy machinery to remove them.
*And where’s the study for that money? Downloadable on the SMBRC website.