Feb. 9th Webinar on Wetland Restoration
Project in Santa Barbara County
Join us Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. for a special ReWild Mission Bay webinar in conjunction with Citizens Coordinate for Century III (C3) as we welcome Dr. Lisa Stratton, director of ecosystem management with the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), for a free on-line presentation on the Ellwood-Devereux Coast project, a collaboration between UCSB, the City of Goleta, and Santa Barbara County that “rewilded” a seaside golf course into 665 acres of restored wetlands.
Congratulations to Our New Mayor Todd Gloria
and New Council Members
Congratulations to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, who took office on Dec. 10th as San Diego’s 37th mayor. We look forward to working with you and your office as the city moves forward with a new plan for wetland restoration in the northeast corner of Mission Bay incorporating the Wildest wetland restoration proposal to mitigate the effects of climate change, rising sea levels, restore habitat, sequester carbon, expand public access, enable greater equity, and ensure cleaner water. And we’ve included several photos of Mayor Gloria sporting some ultra-cool ReWild Mission Bay gear.
KPBS Highlights Carbon Sequestering “Green
Infrastructure” of Salt Water Marshes
As reporter Erik Anderson notes in this story he filed with KPBS featuring ReWild friends Matthew Costa from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Zach Plopper from Wildcoast, salt marshes and coastal wetlands are extraordinary carbon reservoirs, or “carbon sinks,” and are more effective in storing carbon than even the old-growth temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. That makes our surviving wetlands in Southern California valuable green infrastructure, as well as much-needed habitat.
Supportive Remarks from Councilmember Moreno on
Sea Level Rise and ReWild Mission Bay
Thank you to San Diego City Councilmember Vivian Moreno (D8) for her supportive remarks on the ReWild Mission Bay campaign at the San Diego City Council Environment Committee meeting on Nov. 19th, following a sea level rise presentation by Dr. Mark Merrifeld of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Councilmember Moreno also asked needed questions about the Real Estate Assets update on work being done to remove the abandoned mobile homes on the De Anza “boot.”
ReWild Mission Bay in the News Following SEP Decision
The days following the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s approval of the city’s proposal to utilize our Wildest wetland restoration plan as the basis for a new planning alternative were some of the busiest of the year for the ReWild Mission Bay effort, reflected in the media we earned in the San Diego Union-Tribune, with a feature story by David Garrick and an op/ed by Dick Norris, and Anahí Méndez’s Times of San Diego piece. Catch up with all our recent media here.
Unanimous Vote by Regional Water Quality Control
Board in Support of SEP Proposal
Following two hours of supportive public testimony, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board voted unanimously 6-0 in favor of a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) that enables the “Wildest” plan for wetland restoration in northeast Mission Bay to be considered at the same level as the city’s own plan. The culmination of a two-year effort by the ReWild Coalition, water board chair Henry Abarbanel said, “This is more than a SEP, it’s an approval of a goal.” Thank you to everyone who made time to join us to testify!
Anahí Méndez Emphasizes Need for Restoration
On the heels of the unanimous 6-0 vote by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board in favor of the Wildest-friendly SEP, Times of San Diego has run this opinion piece by ReWild volunteer and San Diego City College student Anahí Méndez about the role wetlands play in providing coastal protection and resiliency, nurseries for fish, and habitat for migratory birds. Anahí also notes the urgent need for wetland restoration at Mission Bay NOW, before we lose time to sea level rise and our climate crisis. Click here to read the full piece.
Video: ReWild “Support the SEP” Presentation
Thanks to everyone who joined ReWild Mission Bay for our Support the SEP presentation on Zoom on Oct. 8th, ahead of the Regional Water Quality Control Board decision on the SEP proposal on the 14th, featuring presentations from Andrew Meyer, Isabelle Kay, Patrick McDonough, Karina Ornelas, and moderated by Tommy Hough. Special appearance by Chiara Clemente from the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Be sure to download this ReWild background for your Zoom account.
The Case for a “Wild” Corner of Mission Bay
Thanks to the O.B. Rag for sharing this opinion piece by John Riedel, one of our long-time ReWild Mission Bay volunteers, who traces the changes at Mission Bay over the last 100 years, and how the city’s Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) proposal, undertaken as mitigation for a sewage spill in Tecolote Canyon that polluted Mission Bay, could become the vehicle by which the Wildest wetland restoration proposal is considered at the same level of attention as the city’s own plan, thereby giving council and the mayor a more defined choice on the bay’s future.
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.
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.