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Bolsa Chica Land Trust

The mission of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust is to acquire, restore and preserve ALL of the mesa, lowlands, and wetlands of the Bolsa Chica, and to educate the public about this natural wonder and its cultural significance.

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Bolsa Chica Mesa Fire

Help us Restore the Mesa

On the afternoon of July 26, 2020, there was a large brush fire that consumed approximately 62 acres of the dry upland Mesa habitat within the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.  The Bolsa Chica Land Trust has been working on restoring the Bolsa Chica mesa for the past 24 years.  In partnership with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife we are committed to restoring these 62 acres, and to take the restoration opportunity the fire created.  It will be an expensive endeavor.  Every dollar received in this special restoration fund will go towards the Mesa’s restoration.  Thank you to our community who comes together so beautifully to support Bolsa Chica.  Together, we will help her heal.

Why Restoration on the Mesa is Important

Fire Update

Fire at Bolsa Chica Mesa (7/26/20)


bolsa chica firefighters Mike putting out hot spot

Fire is out! A giant THANK YOU to the brave, quick, and diligent Huntington Beach Firefighters and OC Fire Authority!

The Bolsa Chica Steward Growing Space is safe thanks to Stewards who cleared more than necessary around it. Thanks to all that helped. John P, Mike McMahan, and Thierry Kolpin for putting out hot spots!!!

News coverage:

New OC Register article

CBS Los Angeles (video)

NBC LA (video)

OC Register

ABC 7 (video)

All of our public events, tours, and volunteer workdays are cancelled until further notice.

In response to the current health crisis with Covid-19, all our tours and volunteer days are cancelled until further notice.  The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is still open to the public (please – no dogs & no bikes) for a walk in the wildflowers and some bird-watching. We are doing our part during this crisis to keep our docents, core team members, and all volunteers safe.  As soon as we can, our team will joyously be back out at Bolsa Chica and inviting you all to help us care for it.  We hope that all of our supporters, your families and friends, stay well and healthy!

Not all of our efforts are put on hold, we are still working hard behind the scenes on all of our projects for Bolsa Chica.  We ask that you consider making a donation which we will put to good use to protect and restore all of Bolsa Chica.

If you are stuck inside here are a few awesome online places you can go to get your nature fix:

Nature Conservancy Photo Gallery

Explore Nature Live Cams

National Park Service: search Explore Parks, and check out their The Poetry of Parks section

Poseidon Desalination

BCLT’s Position on Poseidon

The Bolsa Chica Land Trust’s position is the following:  The Bolsa Chica Land Trust is OPPOSED to the Poseidon Desalination Plant (also being called the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalinization Plant) due to the significant environmental damage that the plant will inflict to our precious coastal environment.  The Bolsa Chica Land Trust will remain neutral in the discussion of any proposed mitigation during the permitting process.

Many of you may be seeing mailers and videos promoting the Poseidon desalination plant.  Poseidon is working on acquiring the required permits to build its desalinization plant adjacent to the AES power plant on Pacific Coast Highway here in Huntington Beach.  BCLT is an environmental organization, and although our primary focus is on Bolsa Chica, it and our coastal environment are forever linked.  As such, we at BCLT are very concerned about threats to our coastal environment, including the impacts projected to be caused directly from a fully functioning Poseidon desalinization plant.   The ocean is the life blood of Bolsa Chica, and we will not support any project that threatens our ocean wildlife.  The Poseidon plant is expected when operational to create a 421.4 acre dead zone, or “area of production forgone” as it is described in the permitting documents.   As for the mitigation that Poseidon is stating that they will give to Bolsa Chica – yes, Bolsa Chica is in need of considerable and continuing funding, the damage that people inflicted on Bolsa Chica for over one hundred years left it in need of significant care.  BCLT is working hard with the State and Federal agencies involved in the oversight of our wetlands to help identify ways to care for Bolsa Chica in a more fiscally sustainable manner without compromising on biological diversity, and without creating dead zones in our fragile coastal ecosystems.

Good afternoon my name is Kim Kolpin and I am the Executive Director of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust.  BCLT’s position is that we are in opposition of the proposed Poseidon plant due to the environmental damage it would cause.  We are thankful to the State Lands Commission for looking for every opportunity to bring needed funding to Bolsa Chica.  There is no doubt that the lowlands of Bolsa Chica are in increasingly dire need of support and some amount of dredging will be required to continue to keep the tidal inlet open and lowlands healthy into the future.  However, we agree with the presentation that the environmental coalition presented yesterday opposing this project.

Is this project worth the cost of killing marine life for decades?  BCLT says no.  Our coastal environment is precious and, and we are opposed to projects that would harm it.

BCLT is partnering with the steering committee for Bolsa Chica on a Sustainabilities Alternative Study for the tidal inlet and lowlands which will identify measures that can be taken to relieve some of the maintenance burden while retaining the biodiversity of the wetlands.  That study is due to be completed by the end of this year.

The Army Corps of Engineers is currently working on a plan for the Westminster Flood Control channel, which would increase the ability to move rainwater to the ocean more quickly, with no water retention capabilities planned.  The lack of vision on how to best use water sources within the county is very disappointing.

I also must state that on behalf of BCLT’s Board and 5,000 community members, we find it so very offensive that Mr. Maloni and Poseidon are calling this project an ‘environmental enhancement project’ and that they are portraying themselves as the ‘savior’ of Bolsa Chica.  Far too many people, over the course of decades, have worked tirelessly to save, support the restoration of, and preserve the wildlife habitats at Bolsa Chica.  Poseidon is only focused on Bolsa Chica because they have to mitigate for the environmental damage their plant would cause, not because they care.

Kim Kolpin
Executive Director

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