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

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

Our intent is to provide new opportunities for native plants and wildlife to thrive, and for San Diegans to more fully enjoy nature and the natural habitats of our collective backyard. Mission Bay Park is already an extraordinary regional resource for San Diego and Southern California, but with the Wildest proposal enacted it has the potential to become one of our nation’s great parks, and an ecological, recreational, and research-driven academic destination, in addition to providing an exceptional outdoor experience for 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 our native 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 and “green infrastructure” that provides clean water, improved habitat, and climate resiliency.

Restoring Mission Bay has been an initiative of the City of San Diego for over 25 years, and with the unveiling of our ReWild Mission Bay wetlands restoration feasibility study in 2018 and Regional Water Quality Control Board grant in 2020 that enables the Wildest proposal to be considered at the same level of attention and detail as the city’s preferred alternative, we have the science and research in place to solve our wetland restoration puzzle.

The Next Steps

San Diego Audubon has been working with our ReWild 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 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 from here.

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.

If you’re a student, please utilize this letter template as a basis for sending a letter that demonstrates your support for ReWild to your city councilmember or Mayor Gloria. You can also access the letter as a PDF.

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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