State Agency Grants $11.5 Million for Buying Coastal Wetland in Newport Beach

An effort to purchase and preserve a 401-acre wetland in Newport Beach, California, received major help after state coastal agency officials unanimously approved millions of dollars of funding for the cause on May 5.
The Trust for Public Land—a nonprofit organization advocating for preservation of parks and open spaces—will be receiving up to $11.5 million from the Coastal Conservancy, a state agency that aims to preserve natural lands and waterways, to help complete the purchase of Banning Ranch, located in Newport Beach by the Santa Ana River.
The nonprofit wants to help keep the park from being developed like many other areas of the Orange County coastline, with hopes to transform the wetland into a coastal park.

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