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City Nature Challenge

Help San Diego win the 2018 City Nature Challenge!

City Nature Challenge is a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local plants and animals over a 4-day period. And San Diego is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world, so we should have this in the bag!

From April 27-30, 2018, The Nat (Natural History Museum) is spearheading our local effort to document as many species as possible via iNaturalist. Not familiar with the app? Not to worry, it’s super user-friendly. All you have to do is:

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone
  2. Join the 2018 City Nature Challenge: San Diego iNaturalist project
  3. Take photos from April 27-30 to make observations of wild plants and animals in San Diego (in your backyard, at a park, etc.)
  4. Upload your photos to iNaturalist
  5. Learn more as the iNaturalist community helps identify your observations.
  6. Let the world know about all the amazing critters along Rose Creek.

For more info, click here.

Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan Public Workshop 12/14/17

Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan Public Workshop, Thursday, December 14, 2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pacific Beach Library

The City of San Diego is developing a specific plan for the area around the future trolley station on Balboa Avenue. The purpose of this plan is to engage the Pacific Beach and Clairemont Mesa communities and develop a strategy that addresses land use, urban design concepts, and multi-modal improvements to increase bicycle, pedestrian, and transit access to the station. This plan will also establish goals and policies to guide future public and private development to facilitate transit-oriented development (TOD) adjacent to the planned Balboa Avenue Trolley Station, and identify strategies to fund infrastructure improvements.

While there are some great ideas in the plan, there are also parts of the plan that can positively or negatively impact Rose Creek. We strongly encourage you to attend the meeting and comment on the following points:

  1. All plant palettes including street trees should focus on California natives indigenous to Rose Creek and enviorns. In small spaces, Scrub Oak, Lemonade Berry, and Toyon can be pruned into great small trees. Large right of way should be planted with Coast Live Oak, Western Sycamore, Western Cottonwood, and/or Torrey Pines as appropriate. Non-natives should not be on the California Invasive Plant Inventory (CAL-IPC) as these plants are highly invasive and Rose Creek doesn’t need anymore invaders.
  2. The plan relies heavily on using the Rose Creek Bike Path for ingress/egress to the Trolley Station. Because this area is used by dog walkers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and bird watchers, we feel very strongly that the City needs to widen the path to the east in order to accommodate increased usage and provide a buffered green belt between the bike path and the creek banks. The language in Item 5.1.3 is not strong enough. In order to accommodate higher density residential areas, locations for multiple new mini parks must be identified as part of this plan and funded by developer fees as a condition of any housing density increases.
  3. We greatly appreciate section 3.3.3 of the plan to improve the Rose Creek Bike Trail with slip ramps from the adjacent streets to the bike path but are concerned about proposed lighting improvements. Wildlife prefers dark nights and any lighting on the bike path should be low level and situated so as to keep the light foot print on the path and not into the embankments or the creek.
  4. We strongly support element 4.2.1 that supports connecting the Rose Creek Bike Path to the dirt bike (unpaved) trails in San Clemente and Rose Canyons. We strongly support item 4.2.2. which encourages new development along Rose Creek to face the creek.
  5. According to the City of San Diego’s General plan, the community plan updates must accommodate zero waste and climate resilience. Please ask the City to require all new developments to have on-site composting to help reduce waste as well as increase carbon sequestration. A location for an organic community garden on the east and west side of Mission Bay Drive should be identified in the plan and made a condition of redevelopment.
  6. Item 7.3.1 addresses the importance of the marine and wetland environments. Please ask the City to designate Rose Creek from Mission Bay Drive to Grand Avenue as a Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Open Space Park and afford it parkland status with the funding required to allow City Park Rangers to manage Rose Creek for habitat, wildlife, water quality, and recreational opportunities. The City should also commit to providing trash cans with regular pickup in this area to reduce the amount of trash in the creek.
  7. Section 8.4 exempts certain projects from environmental review (California Environmental Quality Act — CEQA). The Friends of Rose Creek strongly opposes CEQA exemption based on location in a transit priority area. However, because this law is in effect, we strongly believe that all the proposed improvements including but not limited to motorized and non-motorized traffic enhancements, additional parkland, Rose Creek improvements, and additional community enhancements should be explicitly identified in the plan and be required to be implemented before any redevelopment projects are allowed to proceed. This will insure the proposed improvements are implemented before the City increases housing density from 29 units per acre in the project area to their proposal of over 100 units per acre in the area east of Mission Bay Drive and 73 units per acre between Rose Creek and Mission Bay Drive.

Comments can be provided via email to:
Michael Prinz, Senior Planner
Planning Department

Please submit comments on the draft Specific Plan by Friday, January 26, 2018.

For more information and to provide comments online, visit the project website..

Thank You Coastal Cleanup Day at Rose Creek Volunteers

115 volunteers turned out for Coastal Cleanup Day at Rose Creek.  A huge shout out to Mission Bay High School for turning out so many students and Teledyne Technologies for the huge amount of volunteers in their matching blue shirts. The University of San Diego took over the mess up by the In ‘N Out Burger and did an amazing job.  Campland-On-The-Bay provided ice cream for hungry volunteers. Plus a special thanks to Violet and her big brother for pulling the raffle tickets and calling out the numbers.

The day went like clockwork and the dumpster was filled.  Enjoy these great photos of volunteers in action!

San Diego Coastal Cleanup day had over 6,400 volunteers on Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego throughout that morning! We had over 20 sites with service projects like invasive removal, planting and painting. Totals from our dumpsters are still coming, but we have estimated over 120,000 lbs. of trash will have been collected. Over 5,000 lbs. of recyclables have been collected, including our hazardous waste items. As we have more official numbers, we will update you!

A few of the weirdest items found: an elephant shrine, an RV door found in Rose Creek, a box of bananas, a potato launcher, and a purse filled with beer. The list could go on!

For more information on I Love A Clean San Diego and all the great work they are doing in San Diego, visit their website.

De Anza Revitalization Plan Next Steps

Mission Bay Park Committee

The DeAnza Revitalization Plan is anticipated to be on the agenda of the Mission Bay Park Committee on November 7, 2017. The two Refined Draft Concept Alternatives will be presented to the Mission Bay Park Committee. The Refined Draft Concept Alternatives are the same as those presented at the Ad-Hoc Committee / Open House on June 24, 2017. Meeting logistics will be confirmed when they are available.


Thursday, October 19, 2017  2:00 p.m. @ Balboa Park Club Ballroom 2150 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101

The two Refined Draft Concept Alternatives will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Board. The Refined Draft Concept Alternatives are the same as those presented at the Ad-Hoc Committee / Open House on June 24, 2017


For more information, click here.

Coastal Cleanup Day @ Rose Creek on September 16

Saturday, September 16, 2017 is International Coastal Cleanup Day.

The Friends of Rose Creek and I Love A Clean San Diego will be hosting a cleanup along Rose Creek in Pacific Beach. Last year we had 140 people who collected 4,740 pounds of trash. Let’s do better this year.

Reduce waste at this year’s cleanup by bringing along your own wagons and buckets, work gloves, and reusable water bottle. Many of our sites strive to be “zero waste” this year and you can help them!
We collect valuable data from all of our cleanup sites during Coastal Cleanup Day! This data helps us understand how we can better prevent litter. Instead of using paper data cards, download Ocean Conservancy’s new mobile data collection app, Clean Swell! Available on iPhone and Android devices!

Campland-on-the-Bay is once again generously donating ice cream for all volunteers. Make sure to stay until 11:45 a.m. when the ice cream shows up and when we have a raffle for cool environmentally themed prizes.
Please bring wagons to  help transport trash from where you find it back to the dumpster. Wear closed toed shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring your reusable water bottle. Drinking water and healthy snacks will be provided.  Did we mention, please bring wagons!


Click here to register.  Pre-registering helps us make sure we have plenty of healthy snacks for our volunteers and of course, plenty of ice cream.

Learn how you can protect Rose Creek, Mission Bay, and the Pacific Ocean by reading 10 Easy Things You Can Do To Protect Your Precious Waterways.

Join the Friends of Rose Creek, I Love A Clean San Diego and the San Diego County Bike Coalition as we search Rose Creek and environs for trash to take to the dump. Meet at Mission Bay High School, located at 2475 Grand Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109. Wear closed toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves. A hat is a great idea.

Pre-register online so we can get an estimated head count for Ice Cream and other supplies. Download the event waiver here.

All participants under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian sign. Or just come down to Mission Bay High School about 8:45 AM on Saturday, April 23. We’ll be in the Faculty Parking Lot on the east side of campus overlooking Rose Creek and you can sign up on the spot! Plenty of overflow parking is available in the Student Lot on the west side of campus at the corner of Lee Street and Grand Avenue in Pacific Beach.

Bling Your Bucket Contest

We’ll have snacks, prizes, and all the kidz who shows up can participate in the Bling Your Bucket contest. Decorate those buckets, wheel barrows and wagons before you come. Reusable is the message we are trying to promote. Participate in the Bling Your Bucket contest to minimize the use of trash bags. We’re here to get rid of trash – not create more of it. For entry rules, click here.

Coastal Cleanup Day Photo Contest

Submit a photo for our Coastal Cleanup Day Photo Contest! Take a picture during the event inspired by this years theme: Discovering a clean San Diego! Your volunteerism on Coastal Cleanup Day will lead to a more beautiful San Diego – and we want you to capture that beauty in a picture! Click here for more details. 

Scout Patches

I Love A Clean San Diego provides patches for free to Coastal Cleanup Day scouting volunteers. Patches will be available after the cleanup. Click here for details.

Bling Your Bucket

I Love A Clean San Diego is continuing the Bling Your Bucket art contest for all ages that encourages participants to use their creativity and imagination to learn why it is important to keep our waterways, beaches, and ocean free from marine littler. Winners will receive great prizes and have their picture posted on this website for one year! Adults are encouraged to participate as well!

Ice Cream Social and Raffle

Ice creIce Cream for All Volunteersam social provided for volunteers starting at 11:45 a.m., donated by Campland-on the-Bay.  We will have some fun prizes to raffle off to -olunteers during the ice cream social. Vegan options will be available – please ask for Vegan.Campland on the Bay

***Please have parent supervision for children. ***

Click here for more information on I Love A Clean San Diego – they make this event possible! Please consider donating to this amazing 501(c)3 that makes this and many other cleanup events in San Diego and Tijuana possible.ilacsd_logo_ftr The Friends of Rose Creek is only able to host these large Rose Creek cleanup events because of the logistical and financial support of I Love A Clean San Diego. Click here to make a donation on-line.

De Anza Revitalization Plan Next Steps

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted feedback to the De Anza Revitalization Plan.  De Anza Revitalization Plan Logo

At the current time, it is our understanding that the next steps are for the project planners to present the two alternatives before the Mission Bay Park Committee on September 5 as an action item.  The Committee meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6:00 p.m., at various locations. For details on the committee, click here.

Please save the date and plan on being at this meeting. Wildlife and habitat are depending on you to speak out for their right to exist. For more thoughts on the rights of plants and animals, read Corporate Personhood for Trees, Rivers, and Nature for what we can do to protect the non-human world until nature’s rights are established in the U.S.A.

Look for details in our September 2017 newsletter.

For more information on the project, visit the De Anza project website.