Now, due to her unending dedication, and help from many other interested volunteers, it looks like her war may be over at last.
Weiss is the founder of the Ballona Lagoon Marine Preserve (BLMP). Her fight has lasted so long in part due to the fact that the area has already had some major abuse done to it. It has been through everything from playing host to an oil refinery, to pollution, erosion, and a lack of caring from most other people.
But now, thanks to her efforts the California Coastal Commission has granted a permit to restore the lagoon.
She says that restoration is extrememly important to the local environment because it’s the only tidal wetland left in the area. Due to the tidal flow that occurs every day, the lagoon has played home to animals such as halibut, diamond turbo, anchovies, clams, shrimps, tern, pelicans, egrets, killdeer and dozens of salt-resistant plants.
Part of the BLMP foundation involves inviting schools to visit the lagoon, where children and adults can learn about life in the tidal pool. There are also 10 dedicated volunteers who help to educate the public about the wetlands and their importance in the ecosystem.
In order to better help and keep the lagoon safe, BLMP has gotten most of its funding from the Coastal Conservancy, California Prop A, and the City of Los Angeles to clean up the water, bring back the native vegetation, and transform the lagoon.