Restoring Wetlands for Wildlife, Cleaner Water, Climate Resiliency, and Improved Access

ReWild Mission Bay is a project of San Diego Audubon and our coalition partners to enhance and restore natural wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay for cleaner water, climate resiliency, carbon sequestration, and greater access to public space.

Our intent is to provide new opportunities for native plants and wildlife to thrive, and for all San Diegans to more fully enjoy nature and the natural habitats of our collective backyard. Mission Bay Park is an extraordinary public resource for everyone, including neighbors, regional residents, international visitors, and environmentally underserved communities throughout our region.

A Critical Choice

Wetlands are a natural component of our Southern California bays and waterways, but over time, almost all of those wetlands have been lost to development.

Over the last several decades, science has confirmed that wetlands are critical to maintaining a balanced, oxygenated, diverse set of habitats, while the public has come to appreciate the value of wetlands as an aesthetic choice that also provides clean water, habitat for local wildlife, and climate resiliency as communities work to become cleaner and greener.

Restoring Mission Bay has been an initiative of the city of San Diego for decades, and with the unveiling of our ReWild Mission Bay wetlands restoration feasibility study in 2018, we have the scientific and research pieces in place to solve our wetland restoration puzzle – but we need your help.

The Next Steps

San Diego Audubon has been working with our coalition members, conservation partners, and Mission Bay neighbors since 2014 to develop a community-informed plan to restore and expand wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay.

Unfortunately, San Diego City Council opted to go a different route in June 2019 and awarded new and expanded camping leases, throwing off an immediate timeline for beginning wetland restoration. Your input and outreach to our mayor and city council will help determine how the process moves forward.

Once that process is determined, the real work will begin as we move on to permitting, implementation, and follow-up monitoring. Ultimately, the restoration of Mission Bay will provide abundant opportunities for plants, animals, and our neighbors to thrive, and survive, as our climate warms and sea levels rise.

You Are Our Most Valuable Asset

The most critical component of our ReWild Mission Bay team is you. Our long-term goals require public input, and we’re ready to help your network and neighbors in becoming involved in the effort to restore healthy Mission Bay wetlands. Also, ask candidates for office and elected officials where they stand on the future of current leases at Mission Bay.

Your voice plays a role in shaping community understanding of the campaign, and what’s at stake. For opportunities to get involved, contact us or have a look at out our calendar of events.

Clean Water, Climate Resiliency, Renewed Habitat

San Diego Audubon ReWild Mission Bay summaryFollow us on Facebook and Instagram, and view the ReWild Mission Bay Feasibility Study and summary report. And don’t miss your opportunity to have your say about the future of a restored and “ReWilded” Mission Bay.

Your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues are a critical component of our coalition, and we’ll need your voice in next two years to ensure the vision of a Mission Bay Park as a restored natural environment, civic showpiece, and unique educational, ecological and recreation destination comes to pass.

Endangered Ridgway’s rail in nearby Kendall-Frost Marsh.

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