Fox5 San Diego: Restoring Wetlands in Mission Bay

By Jaime Chambers, originally aired 6/14/16 on Fox5 San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — The last residents of the De Anza Cove trailer park have been ordered out of their homes, and now city officials are trying to decide what to do with 170 acres of wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay.

The Audubon Society is vying for a crack at developing the land by spearheading a major wetland restoration project called ReWild Mission Bay.

“This restoration affects a habitat which both humans and wildlife call home. Public input throughout the process ensures we meet our goal of building a healthier Mission Bay for generations to enjoy,”  says Rebecca Schwartz, San Diego Audubon Society’s project manager for ReWild Mission Bay.

The environmental group has three specific criteria for their plan: protecting the existing marsh, restoring more marsh and providing more access.

“By May 2017, the ReWild Mission Bay project will yield at least three versions of a community-informed, scientifically defensible wetlands restoration plan for the northeast corner of Mission Bay. Once the City of San Diego approves a plan, next steps include permitting and, ultimately, restoration of the area’s wetlands,” the group said on their website.

It will take at least three years before a decision is made.