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Ballona Wetlands – 600 acres of Los Angeles coast will soon be restored

In a first step toward restoring one of Southern California’s few remaining wetlands and opening it to the public, the state has approved spending $6.5 million for planning a massive restoration of the degraded Ballona Wetlands.

(In the plan) initial proposals call for spending $100 million to remove concrete levees and truck out tons of sediment dumped on the property, allowing water from Ballona Creek and the sea to flow into the wetlands. Bike paths would be built atop earthen flood-control berms on the reserve’s perimeter and public boardwalks would allow visitors access to the site without disturbing plants, birds and other wildlife.

“We have the potential at Ballona to restore this degraded and damaged habitat and return it to a beautiful, sustainable natural refuge for people and wildlife,” Luce said.

The vast coastal wetlands once spanned 2,000 acres at the mouth of Ballona Creek, covering much of what is now Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey and Venice. Only a quarter remains today, much of it a dry, fenced-off expanse of brush that is littered with garbage in places, surrounded by high-rises and subdivisions and criss-crossed by congested boulevards.

Developers and environmental activists wrangled over the site for decades before the state agreed in 2003 to spend $139 million to acquire it as an ecological reserve.

via LA Times

 

And, nationally wetlands are still disappearing:

A national wetlands inventory released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that between 2004 and 2009, the lower 48 states lost a net average of 13,800 acres a year. That compared with a slight annual gain in wetlands during the previous six year-period.

“Wetlands are at a tipping point,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said. “While we have made great strides in conserving and restoring wetlands since the 1950s, when we were losing an area equal to half the size of Rhode Island each year, we remain on a downward trend that is alarming.”

via LA Times

Apple Genius Tip: Never restore your iPhone from a back-up

The other day I was at the Apple Store with my mom to help her get the iPhone 4S. She asked the clerk-geek if she should restore her phone from her backup and he said “no.”

We were shocked. Isn’t that the standard procedure. According to him, not anymore. With iCloud and iTunes syncing it is actually an inferior method.

His reasoning was that if you restore your phone then anything corrupt will be loaded back onto the phone. Instead, you should sync all of your apps and data with your Mac laptop and then restore your phone from that data. Or, in the new version with iCloud you can restore from that data (with no syncing needed).

Of course, this only works if you have a Mac laptop.

It took me a while to figure this out. Apple likes to make everything simple and effective and in this case that would be cutting out the annoying and time sucking process of backing up. If you follow that then you see that all the latest iOS developments were leading up to this.

Which is great because syncing and backing-up an iPhone was a miserable process. The only problem is that current users have long established habits we need to break. For example, I actually had to open my Mac Mail App and set-up the notes feature. This allows you to back-up your notes and over iCloud it’s automatic.

The same is true for the other apps I rarely use: Calendar, Address Book, iPhoto, iVideo, Bookmarks, and Apps.

All together this is a brilliant move by Apple. It makes their closed system extremely useful when in the past it was simply too time consuming to use. I’m in the process of setting all this up and I’m loving it!