Public meeting tonight (5/29) over proposed improvements to Oxford Basin
A public meeting will be held Wednesday night (May 29) to present plans for the Oxford Basin project designed to improve flood protection, reduce runoff pollution and improve the quality of plant and wildlife habitat.
The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Burton W. Chace Park Community Room at 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will host the meeting to review the project that includes plans for a new walking path, observation areas, wildlife-friendly lighting and aesthetically pleasing tubular fencing.
The Oxford Basin is a roughly 10.7-acre large retention pond located just west of Oxford Avenue between Washington Boulevard and Admiralty Way.
The project, which is scheduled for construction in 2014, received a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration last month from the county. The finding means that no environmental impact report was needed because changes have been made to the project to address significant environmental concerns.
A 30-day public review period for the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study started May 20 and ends June 18.
The project calls for the removal of about 3,000 cubic yards of sediment from the basin and the installation of six observation areas.
A four-foot high fence steel fence would ring about 3,550-feet of the basin’s perimeter.
About 400 non-native trees will be removed and replaced with more than 650 trees and large shrubs. The removal of the non-native vegetation would provide greater value to wildlife and require less water. About 300 of the roughly 400 trees that will be removed are diseased.
The wetland area would increase by about 12,200 square feet upon the project’s completion.
Details on the project can be found at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/go/oxford.
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