Restoring Wetlands for Wildlife and Clean Water

ReWild Mission Bay is a project of San Diego Audubon and our coalition partners to enhance and restore wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay.

The intent is to create 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.

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.

A Critical Choice

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 the autumn of 2018, we now have the scientific and research pieces in place to solve our wetland restoration puzzle – but we need your help.

The Final Step

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

While our ReWild Mission Bay Feasibility Study and summary report are available on-line, San Diego City Council opted to go a different route and awarded new and expanded camping leases in June, throwing off an immediate timeline for beginning wetland restoration. Ultimately, the mayor and council, with your input, will 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.

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

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