Saving the San Dieguito Wetlands

The San Dieguito Wetlands straddle 460 acres east and west of the I-5 near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. A quarter million cars pass the site every year; however, many people are unaware of the site’s importance to Southern California’s unique coastal and marine environments.

What was once a military facility and home to discarded fuel tanks is today one of the largest estuaries on the West Coast and thriving with hundreds of bird species and fish.

Did You Know?

The wetlands are roughly three times the size of SeaWorld.

They are now home to more than 12 million fish and 200 bird species

Protecting Sensitive Habitat and Vegetation

We helped restore 150 acres of wetlands that are now a fish nursery and refuge for migrating waterfowl. Endangered birds using the wetlands include least terns, Belding's savannah sparrows, light-footed clapper rails, and Western snowy plovers. They are also home to ospreys, Northern harriers, American kestrels, more than 30 varieties of duck, and other migratory birds that use it as a rest stop on the coastal avian highway.

Desde un punto de vista recreativo, el proyecto de restauración ha añadido un segmento costero de la costa de Crest Trail que bordea el Río de Julian San Dieguito. El sendero protege el hábitat sensible y vegetación al tiempo que permite el disfrute público de la zona de humedales, que se ha convertido rápidamente en uno de los destinos más populares de observación de aves en el condado.

Our Partners

 SDG & E se ha asociado con grupos de la comunidad, como la Sociedad Audubon de San Diego, que alberga tours para los observadores de aves y naturalistas, así como Conectores del Océano, donde se celebran las excursiones para estudiantes marginados para enseñarles acerca de la restauración de los humedales.

Other partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority and the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, which help manage the San Dieguito Wetlands through manpower or additional funding to programs like Ocean Connectors.

En asociación con Southern California Edison, hemos ayudado a restaurar y proteger este hábitat vital como uno de los tres proyectos ambientales contrarrestar cualquier impacto adverso sobre la vida marina por el sistema de refrigeración del agua del océano de la Central Nuclear de San Onofre, o canciones.

Project Funding

The $90-million restoration project was officially dedicated in 2011; however, funding for monitoring and managing the wetlands is ongoing.