Just released: draft final alternatives

Tonight, ReWild Mission Bay revealed its draft final three options for restoration for the North East corner of Mission Bay. Based on community suggestions from three public workshops earlier this year, the draft plans were presented to more than 140 community members to collect input one last time. The project — led by San Diego Audubon and partners — aims to enhance and restore up to 120 acres of sustainable, resilient wetlands. To view the three potential plans, click below:

The April 25 workshop was the final in a series of four where the public commented on the various plans. ReWild Mission Bay will now use all the public input to refine the four options and run them through an analysis process to make sure they meet the goals of the restoration project. Goals of the project include:

  • Restoring wetlands to improve water quality, reduce flooding, adapt to climate change, and support fish, birds, and other animals and plants
  • Protecting wetlands from the negative impacts of human activity
  • Providing ways for the community to engage with natural resources through access, recreation, and education

“Mission Bay started its life as a 4,500-acre estuary complex at the mouth of the San Diego River. From the 1940s to the 1960s, the City of San Diego dredged most of the wetlands to transform the bay into the recreational destination we see today. At the time, the importance of wetlands to our coastal communities wasn’t well understood. Now we know better,” says Schwartz. “In 1994, the Mission Bay Park Master Plan was updated to prioritize preserving and restoring nature. This project is guided by that document and community input.”