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Helping 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"
 

Beginning 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.

There 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

 

In 1954U.S. Congress Documents 389 and 780 were signed into law. creating Marina del Rey: 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.

What 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.

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. Los 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.

Reduce Water Use. How? Replace thirsty grass with drought tolerant plants, concrete with rock, gravel and permeable pavers. 

Beginning 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 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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