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Ballona Creek Watershed

Ballona Creek is nine miles long and drains the Los Angeles basin, from the Santa Monica Mountains on the north, the Harbor Freeway (110) on the east, and the Baldwin Hills on the south. The watershed totals about 130 square miles, comprised of all or parts of the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Inglewood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and unincorporated Los Angeles County. Its land use consists of 64% residential, 8% commercial, 4% industrial, and 17% open space.The major tributaries to Ballona Creek include Centinela Creek, Sepulveda Canyon Channel, Benedict Canyon Channel, and numerous storm drains. Ballona Creeek empties into the Santa Monica Bay at the Ballona Wetlands. These wetlands, the largest in Los Angeles County, once encompassed over 2,000 acres,covering much of what is now Venice, Marina del Rey and parts of West Los Angeles. Over the years they have been reduced and degraded by urban development, the creation of Marina del Rey and the channeling of Ballona Creek. After years of struggle, over 600 acres were recently aquired by the state for restoration.