Exciting news! The CA State Coastal Conservancy board unanimously voted to award San Diego Audubon $460,000, with an additional $25,000 awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to undertake the Mission Bay Wetland Feasibility Study. This important first step in the Mission Bay Wetlands Initiative will explore options to expand and improve tidal marsh and mudflat habitats in the northeast corner of Mission Bay.
Many people have been pushing for the restoration of wetland habitat in Mission Bay for decades, ensuring this restoration was included in the City’s planning documents for the park. We thank those who began advocating for this restoration long ago, which has allowed us to “stand on the shoulders of giants” to bring this restoration planning effort to fruition.
Thank you also to the many individuals and organizations that provided letters of support for this project, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer, State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, State Senator Marty Block, San Diego City Councilmembers Lorie Zapf and Ed Harris, Dr. Lisa Levin from UC San Diego/Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Friends of Mission Bay Marshes, Rose Creek Watershed Alliance, and beautifulPB. These efforts were instrumental in garnering board support for this project.
Now let’s get planning! See above links for information about the project, our partners, and the schedule.