Ballona Wetlands Restoration Committee

Ballona Wetlands:

At Risk Again

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Photos by Jonathon Coffin and Marcia Hanscom

Sierra Club has been at the forefront of protecting the greater Ballona Wetlands ecosystem for more than 30 years. 

We stood strong with allied grassroots groups and community organizations who believed that the precious habitat on the Los Angeles coast now known as the Ballona Wetlands was too important to compromise further than it was when much of it was dredged up to construct Marina del Rey.

Committee Chair

Marcia Hanscom

Phone: 310-821-9045

Email: SierraClubBallonaWetlands@gmail.com


Conservation Program Coordinators

George Watland
Jennifer Robinson


We need to Save Ballona Wetlands again


We were a founding member of a large coalition that in 2003 helped protect more than 600 acres of land in the Ballona Valley – much of it having been slated for development since the early 1970s. We now will continue to protect these lands – wetlands, prairie grasslands, wet meadows, seasonal ponds, salt pannes and so many more habitats that make up Ballona.

In the past it was developers we needed to worry about, and now it is the government. Public bond funds are being used in questionable ways – millions of dollars that were meant to acquire more parkland at Ballona have been allocated to planning for Army Corps of Engineers permits. Fiscal responsibility combined with ecological wisdom are the tools Sierra Club will use to make sure the Ballona Wetlands are protected for the best and highest use in the public’s interest.

A special habitat

Butterflies,  birds, dragonflies, wildflowers, Coyotes, frogs, snakes, lizards, beetles, spiders  ~ they are all part of the Greater Ballona Wetlands Ecosystem.  These creatures need protection from government construction plans.

How you can help

Contribute your time by showing up at public hearings, writing letters to  decision-makers, staffing outreach tables, participating in community-engaged restoration, helping with social media and more!   If you have a few hours a month or a couple of hours a week, the Ballona Wetlands will benefit from your involvement!

After being one of the lead groups that protected more than 600 acres of land in 2003, and having participated in go-slow, careful community-based restoration both on these state-owned lands, as well as on city-owned lands that are part of the historical Ballona Wetlands, Sierra Club’s Ballona Wetlands Restoration Committee knows the difference between genuine restoration and a big construction project.  

We need your help to wake up the public and educate them about the costs of choosing a construction project over genuine restoration – both to the public coffers, as well as to the wildlife and the entire Ballona Wetlands ecological system.