A new freshwater wetland formed at Bolsa Chica, but someone drained it. That's right, someone drained a wetland at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Vic cautioned me to handle this issue with a cool and level head, but it chapped my hide to think that someone would deliberately drain a freshwater wetland in an area as fragile and contentious as Bolsa Chica.
But instead of going ballistic, I took action. I reported the draining to the California Coastal Commission and the Department of Fish and Game. Then I began investigating to find out who did it.
First, let me give you some background. This wetland is at the east end of the new footbridge by Warner Avenue. The area has always ponded a bit after storms. But ever since the installation of the footbridge, it has held a lot of water and has held it for quite some time. In January and February of 2010, the area was continually ponded.