Wetlands are nature’s resiliency plans, and according to the EPA the ecosystem services they provide are valued at billions of dollars. What if the 50 acre AES Redondo Beach Power Plant property currently up for sale was restored to a wetland?
Acting as natural mechanism for protection against pollution, flood and erosion, wetlands are workhorses when it comes to ecosystem services. They also provide biological diversity, fish, and wildlife habitat, while also recharging increasingly valuable groundwater. Importantly, they can also help buffer the effects of sea level rise. The City of Redondo Beach has been debating what to do with the closure of the natural gas-fired power plant for years and I believe the natural answer is to construct a wetland.