Lou and I were delighted to read some good news last week. A news report in the Independent indicated that Huntington Beach is to going to see some more of its wetlands protected and probably restored ("Conservancy goes for last piece," June 1). The wetlands to the northeast of Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway are closer than ever before to full protection and restoration. While to some, the area doesn't have the glamour of the larger Bolsa Chica wetlands to the north, it is large enough to support wetland vegetation and wetland wildlife. It is good news indeed that it will be protected and not developed.
This area was once part of a vast marsh at the mouth of the Santa Ana River. Maps from the late 1800s show this marsh extending over 4,000 acres. Today about 150 acres remain. Most of it was filled and converted to residential tracts in the mid-20th century. But the parcel at PCH and Beach was spared that fate.