I agree with and support Walter Lamb and Marcia Hanscom. They are educated and very experienced with the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. I respect Dr. Travis Longcore's understanding of wetland and estuary dynamics.
A recent letter by California Coastal Commission staff states Playa Capital has been illegally draining surface water from the BWER for decades. Dewatering investigation by Patricia McPherson clearly shows that over-drafting of the fragile aquifer has also continued unabated since Playa Vista development started.
The blatant taking of the one resource a wetland or estuary absolutely needs and that is water, has compromised the ability for wildlife to survive and flourish. All of the studies conducted over the years during this unpermitted illegal taking, costing taxpayers millions of dollars, are invalid and misleading.
Fact: David Kay, Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, the Annenberg Foundation, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, Heal The Bay, LA Waterkeeper, and others that place greed and dishonesty before integrity, have members that have been in on this morally if not legally deplorable scheme from the beginning. For them, it's never been about wildlife and ecology.
For the record, the Annenberg research and education facility should be adjacent to the Roland C. Ross Bird Conservation Area a.k.a. Oxford Lagoon. I've been stating this fact for years. The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, County of Los Angeles, Annenberg Foundation and California Coastal Commission staff have repeatedly suppressed my attempts to discuss this viable alternative.
I have 10 years of upper watershed management experience and am a professional diver certified 25 years ago. This is an ongoing atrocity that must be stopped.