12 Facts About Ballona Creek


Ballona Creek watershed climate can be characterized as Mediterranean with average annual rainfall of approximately 409 millimeters .

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Ballona Creek watershed is estimated to have roughly 35 percent impervious surface, which effects rainwater infiltration and groundwater recharge.

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Ballona Creek crossings appear to exist at Inglewood, Higuera and La Cienega, in addition to a crossing between Alla and Alsace stations on a railway map dated to 1900.

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Ballona Creek is listed by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board impaired for fecal coliform, heavy metals, and pesticides.

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Grocery-store carts and trash litter [Ballona Creek], joined by flotillas of foam-plastic cups after rainstorms.

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Originally, Ballona Creek was a picturesque natural waterway fed by runoff.

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The fact that Tongva lived near the Ballona Creek is specifically mentioned in the records of the San Gabriel Mission, which record recruitment of Tongva from a group of settlements named Washna near the mouth of Ballona Creek.

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At the time of Spanish settlement, Ballona Creek was a distributary of the Los Angeles River.

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The ranches were subdivided until Rancho la Ballona Creek became a rich valley of beautiful homes with people coming from every State until it reaches the portions of today.

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Centinela Ballona Creek's course was set in parallel to the route of Interstate 405 and the then-forthcoming Marina Freeway.

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The Ballona Creek jetty is “a good spot for kelp bass, sand bass, and mackerel.

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Tributary Sepulveda Creek enters Ballona; 405 freeway overpass and Baldwin Hills visible on right.

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