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When Oil Derricks Ruled the L.A. LandscapeHelping Our Planet by Working on Global Issues in Our Own Backyard
 
"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."
Robert Swan, Explorer and Inspirational Speaker

Ballona Watershed            Marina del Rey          Water Wise          Gas & Oil
 
 
"When the People Lead, the Politicians Follow"
 
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storm drains 72_size120.jpgBeginning in the early 1900's over 120 miles of streams were replaced with Storm Drains. Today, rainwater rushes down driveways to streets gathering pollutants, entering storm drains that flow into concrete rivers like Ballona and finally into Santa Monica Bay.

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 12.32.49 PM_size90.pngWatch the 2005 Bus Tour Video with Jessica Hall (at 6:12 minutes), Ballona Watershed Coordinator and Melanie Winter, the River Project, and others.

Water Wise 4124 low water front yard water capture curb cut_size225.pngThere is another way. Capture, cleanse and reuse rain water in Urban Parks, on Private and Public Property. Use cisterns, swales, rock gardens  and rain barrels. Daylight streams. Restore underground aquifers. 

Watch: Save the Ballona Wetlands habitat from the Bulldozer.  Congressman Ted Lieu is working on a plan to bring the Ballona Wetlands into the National Park System. Learn more. Watch this: http://saveballona.org/water/marcia-hanscom-sierra-club-airport-marina-g...

Read: 35 former members of CA Coastal Commission oppose effort to oust executive director http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-0202-coastal-commission-20160202-story.html

U.S. House Doc 389 1954 Marina Del Rey, CA Creation, Funding, and Purpose for Recreation Page 1 _size120.png U.S. House Doc 780 Rivers and Harbors Act 1954 Marina Del Rey, CA Creation and Funding and Purpose Introduction_size90.pngDocuments and Excerpts That State Why and How MDR Was Created a small craft harbor, 5.5 miles of wider beaches, a bird sanctuary. The intent: healthy recreation for all of greater Los Angeles with almost equal funding by LA City, LA County and US Congress.

Douglas Fay Interview - 60+ Years of Santa Monica Bay History. 
Legalizing PollutionDoug Fay speaks on legalizing pollution of the Santa Monica Bay via Marina Del Rey Harbor.jpg 

Commercializing Public Recreation. A WINDFALL Profit for Developers.
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Eden By Design 1930 Omsted and Bartholomew Los Angeles Vision of Parks and Recreation_size120.jpgWhat might have been. A County Wide Study between 1927 and 1930 by Olmsted (NY Central Park Designer) and Bartholomew proposed "Future: Parks, Playgrounds and Beaches for the Los Angeles Region.

Ballona-Watershed-Aerial-View-including-Playa-Vista_0_size120.png Fly Over of Ballona and Marina Del Rey, CA - Having a Say In Our Future. Let's recapture the promise of a small boat harbor, wildlife habitat, and equal access for all at a reasonable cost in Marina del Rey.

Since 1954, Los Angeles County has grown from 2 Million to 10 Million Residents. We need to review each 49 to 60 year lease and decide if, instead of renewal, we should expand parks and habitat.

Join the effort.  Water Capture Reuse
Water Wise Curb Cut - Water Capture Catchment - 4177 Marcasel_size225.pngLos Angeles imports 85% of its fresh drinking water from more than 200 miles away. It costs 30% of our state electricity to send drinkable water to southern California.

Water Wise Jeanette Vosburg Water Capture and Reuse Talk at Culver City Garden Club_size120.pngWatch the 2015 Culver City Garden Club Video  Reduce Water Use. How? Replace thirsty grass with drought tolerant plants, concrete with rock, gravel and permeable pavers. 

      When Oil Derricks Ruled     

Oil wells in Venice, California, bringing oil up from beach area in 1952_size180.jpgBeginning in the 1920's thousands of oil wells were drilled in the Los Angeles area: many are still producing, many are leaking harmful gases, some are capped but leaking. Each well needs to be inspected and made safe, especially in residential areas.

SoCalGas Sempra Energy Oil Gas 2015 Tank Farm_size180.pngSoCalGas / Sempra Energy imports and stores millions of cubic feet of natural gas at high pressure underground in old oil fields in Playa del Rey, Montebello, Santa Clarita, and

Porter Ranch. Underground Gas Storage Field Hazards: http://www.laweekly.com/news/what-went-wrong-at-porter-ranch-6405804 and http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-porter-ranch-delay-20160102-story.html 

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