Ballona Creek Renaissance News
Our twice-yearly newsletter is an 8- or 12-page attractive and informative publication with full-color photos and illustrations, going into more detail about our programs and other projects, events and issues in the watershed. We’ve received many compliments on our newsletter. Recent ones are listed below with a summary of contents. You can download any of them in PDF format. You can also subscribe to future issues either as an online document (PDF) that will be emailed to you or a printed version via USPS. To subscribe send your full name and either your full USPS mailing address (for the print version) or your name and email address (for the email version) to
Recent newsletters and a brief summary of the contents of each (to download, click on the title):
Issue 36 – Fall 2014 (410 KB)
Contents: Our favorite programs, Jim Lamm’s Legacy, New BCR board members, Milton Street Park, Park to Playa Trail, Cleaning the Creek’s Water; Help, Help!
Issue 35 – Fall 2013 (548 KB)
Contents: BCR honors 4 CCHS students; Creek Cleanups; POSSIBLE; Wetlands Restoration Updates; Working collaboratively; LA River Kayaking; SEED awards; Drainwatch; FrackDown Rally; Creek bikepath projects in the works.
Issue 34 – Spring 2013 (521 KB)
Contents: “The Garden”; Ongoing BCR Projects; Ballona Wetlands Area C; The Annenberg Proposal; Climate Change and Ballona; Baldwin Hills Habitat Restoration; Malibu Lagoon Restoration
Issue 33 – Fall 2012 (1.29 MB)
Contents: It’s what we do; Wetlands Restoration Public Process begins; illegal uses of the wetlands; Del Rey Lagoon water quality improvement project; Ballona Valley art on the Expo Line; housing project for tree swallows; Emma Kurihara’s Garden; Milton Street Greenway; Please don’t dump your rabbits at the Freshwater Marsh!; June Fifteen honored; another rain garden
Issue 32 – Spring 2012 (528.95 kB)
Contents: Cleaning up the Creek; Wetlands Restoration Progress; Wetlands Restoration Process; A Snapshot of Jim Lamm; Baldwin Hills / Park to Playa News; Oxford Basin Makeover; Rain Garden at Baldwin Ave.; La Brea Tar Pits and the Creek; The Rock Master Resumes; Tafoni: Geology at Work in the Creek
Issue 31 – Fall 2011 (880.21 kB)
Contents: Another Creekside Native Plant Garden; Wetlands Restoration Controversy; A Bad Summer for the Creek (pollution and duck deaths); BCR Creek Cleanups; OMG! Algae!!!; The Fiji Ditch; Around the Watershed
Issue 30, April 2011 (495KB)
Contents: Creekside Native Plant Garden Flourishes; Park to Playa; Baldwin Hills 1963 Reservoir Failure; Culver City Bikeway Improvements; Ballona Creek Rocks; DrainWatch; Harvesting Rainwater; New Board and Advisory Council Members; Keeping Ourselves Busy; Ballona Creek Greenway Plan; MRCA Signage for Ballona Creek; BCR Logoware
Issue 29, October 2010 (613KB)
Creekside Native Plant Garden nears completion; Ballona Wetlands Restoration project; Ballona Creek Bikeway Projects in Culver City, new gates, Milton St, more; Meet Lori Escalera; “Rivers of the World” mural restoration fundraiser; Around the Watershed: historic photos, Rain Gardens, Drain covers, Emergency phone numbers for environmental problems, Vector Control
Issue 28, April 2010 (591.98 kB)
Contents: 3 New Entrance Parks to the Ballona Creek Bikepath; More Greening of the Creek: The Ballona Greenway; President’s Message; Meet our boardmembers- Lucy Blake-Elahi and Sandrine Cassidy Schmitt; SMBRF Grant Project: The Plants are in the Ground!; Creek Cleanups and Greenings; Ballona Creek Restoration and Stewardship Project; Lectures, Tours and Other Outreach Events Involving BCR; Rare Native Flower Halts Ballona Lagoon Project (Orcutt’s Pincushion).
Issue 27, May 2009 (614 KB)
PIE Grant for School Campus Native Plant Learning Garden; BCR and Lycee Francais, by Sandrine Cassidy Schmitt; Postcards from Ballona Mural Restoration; Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park; Friends of Ballona Wetlands and BCR- a New Partnership; Tour de Ballona 2; Around the Watershed- FBW Community Meeting, MRCA 3 new gates, Willows School Big Sunday, Marina del Rey dredging, Del Rey Lagoon Construction Threat, Reseda High School tour, Antioch Univ tour, links to SMBRC documents.
Issue 26, Jan 2009 (481 KB)
Culver City Middle School Student Ecology Club; Marina del Rey Middle School Marine Science Academy; TMDLs: Coordinated Efforts to Clean Creek Waters; Milton Street Linear Greenway; Rain Gardens; Bikepath Gate Closure Update; Recent and Upcoming Events; the Meaning of “Ballona”
Issue 25, July 2008 (578 KB)
BCR presentation at Lycee International-LA; BCR Hosts Reseda High School Students; County Earth Day Planting; Growing BCR; BCR provides a service for Mesmer creekside community garden; Steelhead Trout in Ballona Creek; Earth Day events; Legislative Action on Plastic Trash; Homeowners demand closure of bikepath gate
Issue 24, Feb 2008 (663 KB)
Cleaning, Greening and Teaching the Watershed-overview; County Supervisors Approve Watered-Down Plastic Bag Redution Measure; Las Virginese Creek Naturalization; A Win for Herons, Egrets & Cormorants in the Marina; Shallow Water Nature Store; Student Landscape Architecture Thesis Presentations; Lisa Fimiani’s photo of Osprey bathing in creek; Around the watershed: BCR presentations, Caltrans to curbhighway toxic runoff
Issue 23, Oct 2007 (371 KB)
Culver City Ballona Creek Bikeway Project; Cleaning Runoff at Oros Street; Pacific Protection Initiative: Legislative Update; Restoring a channelized stream; Buena Vista Creek in Vista; Around the Watershed: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Update, IKEA’s battle against plastic bags, Creek Cleanup Sept 15, outrach; Milton Street linear park; native plants in Kenneth Hahn SRA
Issue 22, June 2007 (814 KB)
Protecting the Ocean from Us; Creek and Bikeway Projects (County Earth Day planting, MRCA 3 new entrances, Mid-City Planter Rehabilitation Project); BCWTF Greenway Committee; Domoic Acid Poisons Birds and Marine Mammals; Around the Watershed (another sewage spill, keeping trash out, more)