De Anza Land Use at the CA Coastal Commission

IMG_20190711_124747680In mid-May, the Coastal Commission was set to review Campland’s coastal development permit for redevelopment at De Anza Point, a process which we believed needed revisions due to its lack of environmental analysis and potential to preclude planning efforts in the area. Wetland supporters rallied to ask for these changes, but the issue was pulled from the agenda by the applicant the morning of the meeting. We anticipate that it will return to the Commission for review sometime soon, and will remain in communication about next steps. Find out more about the Coastal Commission meeting here. A big thanks to everyone that was ready to get active on this.

ReWild and UCSD Natural Reserve System Welcome Councilmember Joe LaCava to Kendall-Frost Marsh

ReWild Mission Bay and the UCSD Natural Reserve System welcomed District 1 Councilmember Joe LaCava and his staff to Kendall Frost Marsh Reserve for an in-person, albeit socially-distanced, update on the ReWild effort since the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board’s approval of the Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP), which is now enabling the city’s consideration of the Wildest plan for wetlands restoration and reconnecting Kendall Frost to its freshwater source at Rose Creek. Thanks to Joe and his team for joining us!

The Future is Now: King Tides and Climate Resiliency
Webinar On-Line Now

Thanks to everyone who join ReWild Mission Bay and San Diego Audubon for our webinar featuring the debut of The Future is Now, the new video from the California King Tides Project on the impacts of king tides, and how the phenomenon of king tides heralds the daily high tides of years to come as sea levels continue to rise. We also heard from California King Tides project lead Leland Foerster, along with Julie Chase and Heidi Vonblum with the City of San Diego. The video is on-line now at the San Diego Audubon YouTube account.

Watch Our Webinar on the UCSB ReWild Project

Thanks to everyone who joined us on-line for the first of our two Love Your Wetlands Day virtual events, as we presented a webinar with 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), 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. See the presentation here.

KPBS Highlights Carbon Sequestering “Green
Infrastructure” of Salt Water Marshes

As reporter Erik Anderson notes in this KPBS story featuring Matthew Costa from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Zach Plopper from Wildcoast, salt marshes and coastal wetlands are extraordinary natural 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 for wildlife and native species.

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.”

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 on the 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.

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.

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.

Wetland Restoration Critical to Mission Bay Health

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.

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