Mitigation is a concept built into the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) which forces developers to offset some of the negative environmental impacts of their projects most often by “Compensating for the impact by replacing or providing substitute resources or environments“. The downside of mitigation is that it can have the effect of permanently losing habitat to development in exchange for incremental enhancement of other existing habitat. This could result in a net loss of habitat.
The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust strongly opposes any net loss of critical wetlands habitat via mitigation. We urge the various state agencies involved in the restoration planning process to be completely transparent with regard to any mitigation agreements relating the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, and to reject any potential agreements that could result in any net loss of habitat.