Tell the Mission Bay Park Committee: Do NOT take action to adopt the De Anza plans on December 5th. Instead, develop plans that adequately protect wetlands today and in the future.
- The City’s current plans are not sustainable to sea level rise. Future technological advances are unlikely to solve coastal flooding problems. Instead, we should build projects that are resilient to these impacts of climate change.
- That means keeping built infrastructure far back from the water’s edge and providing enough space for wetlands to migrate upslope as oceans rise.
- The current plans will not significantly improve water quality in Mission Bay – one of biggest priorities the Master Plan has for De Anza. To do so they need more wetlands that can filter out pollutants before they reach the bay.
- The De Anza process should slow down and use the full results from the ReWild feasibility study in their decision making – including the results that a bigger wetlands restoration footprint could very likely be the cheapest option.
- The City should be prioritizing uses that are coastal-dependent, like wetlands. Not uses that could function just as well inland.
Earlier this summer, the City of San Diego revealed their updated plans for De Anza Point. Unfortunately these plans are driven by misguided priorities and have a shortsighted approach to protecting Mission Bay’s natural resources.(You can read San Diego Audubon’s response to these plans here).
We need to be there every step up of the way to show our support for wetlands and the birds that rely on them. What the City does at De Anza directly impacts the precious wetlands we’re working to protect in Mission Bay.
Wear your ReWild t shirt and join us on December 5th to tell the City – wetlands matter!