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From Dump To Development To Sensitive Habitat - Long Beach Wetlands To Be Restored

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Ballona Creek Wetlands (Photo by Lisa Newton via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Ballona Creek Wetlands (Photo by Lisa Newton via LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
The California Coastal Commission has, "unanimously ordered restoration of a graded area near Los Cerritos Wetlands," reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

"It was a thriving evironmentally sensitive habitat area," said wetlands advocate Tom Marchese in the Press-Telegram. Per Friday's vote, the area will be, "restored to its previous sensitive habitat condition."

The now vacant 9.38-acre project site on Loynes Drive was, "part of an old landfill operation that filled coastal marshland in the 1940s and '50s." 2 H Properties in Signal Hill said "advocates for full restoration had failed to present evidence that the area was wetlands."

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According to the commission staff report, un-permitted grading in March 2009 removed the majority of vegetation from the site and altered the topography, exposing the old dump.