ReWild Summer 2020 Update
Even as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, we’re continuing to meet virtually with policymakers and candidates, and we’re bringing more and more organizations into the ReWild Coalition. As unusual a summer as this is, there’s a lot happening with ReWild Mission Bay, and we packed as much news as we could into our summer newsletter, including our coalition’s new equity statement, and a new opportunity to ensure our “Wildest” plan is fully considered by the city. Read the full summer newsletter here.
Latino Outdoors Joins ReWild Coalition
The ReWild Coalition has become one of the largest and most diverse coalitions assembled for a San Diego environmental initiative, and since this week is Latino Conservation Week, it’s an excellent time to welcome Latino Outdoors to the ReWild Coalition. Addressing the need for greater Latino representation in our federal, state, and local public lands, Latino Outdoors has rapidly grown into one of the nation’s most active conservation outlets, connecting with underrepresented communities and organizing Latino-driven outdoor outings throughout the U.S.
New Opportunity for City’s Consideration of Wildest
It’s been a year since San Diego City Council greenlit new and expanded RV camping leases in northeast Mission Bay, but we’ve learned a long-awaited Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP), undertaken as mitigation for an earlier sewage spill in Tecolote Canyon that polluted Mission Bay, will examine our “Wildest” wetland restoration proposal at the same level of attention as the city’s own plan, thereby giving council greater information and a clear, defined choice on the matter. Read more about this development.
ReWild Coalition Equity Statement
Inequality in public land use, regrettably, has a lengthy history in our region, but awareness of this history, and the problems created as a result of it, continues to grow. We believe the ReWild Mission Bay campaign offers a fresh opportunity to provide some correction to these injustices, and our ReWild Coalition has made it a point to advocate for improved access to an expanded Mission Bay Park that welcomes and highlights Indigenous communities and San Diegans of color. Read our full organizational equity statement.
Is Now the Time Allocate Money to a City Golf Course?
ReWild Mission Bay volunteer Chuck Dunning wrote this Times of San Diego piece about the $3 million earmarked for Mission Bay Golf Course via its Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Given the fact the golf course is still in the midst of a larger land use discussion and reconsideration, and considering the pandemic, resulting shortfall in city revenue, and what are expected be draconian cuts to basic city services, is now the time to be investing in a golf course? One wonders if that kind of money might be better spent elsewhere. Read Chuck’s full piece.
Union-Tribune: “Wildest” Gives Council Clear Choice
David Garrick filed a story in the April 15th edition of the San Diego Union-Tribune detailing our effort to restore over 200 acres of natural marshland to the northeast corner of Mission Bay at the mouth of Rose Creek, along with an update on the city’s consideration of examining the “Wildest” option for wetland restoration in Mission Bay at the same level of detail as their preferred alternative. Featuring quotes from ReWild Mission Bay campaign director Andrew Meyer, you can read the story here.
Another Incredible Love Your Wetlands Day
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Love Your Wetlands Day at Kendall-Frost Reserve on Feb. 1st, with a special thanks to our coalition partners, and all the elected officials and candidates who stopped by our daylong event and made remarks. See all the Love Your Wetlands Day photos at our Flickr account, and tell your friends and family about the extraordinary, ongoing opportunity to restore wetlands at Mission Bay and enable carbon sequestration, cleaner water, and greater habitat.
Times of San Diego: Restored Wetlands Will Help Save Birds
ReWild Mission Bay campaign director Andrew Meyer and campaign coordinator Tommy Hough co-authored a Times of San Diego piece detailing how wetland restoration and the implementation of the Wildest proposal in northeast Mission Bay may help recover diversity and abundance in the region’s resident and migratory birds, all the more critical in light of a new report from the National Audubon Society that finds two-thirds of North American bird species vulnerable to extinction due to climate change.
Times of San Diego: Wetland Restoration Critical
Long-time San Diego environmentalist and San Diego Audubon board member Jim Peugh made the case for ReWild Mission Bay and a cleaner, revitalized northeast corner of Mission Bay in a recent opinion piece in Times of San Diego. Read the story, and share it with friends and family as we keep the pressure on elected officials to act now in order to take advantage of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get the revitalization of Mission Bay Park right.