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Environmental Groups Sue to Protect Rose Creek

Environmental Groups Reach Agreement With City of San Diego to Make Local Waters Safer for San Diegans

SAN DIEGO, November 26, 2018 – Local non-profit environmental organizations San Diego Coastkeeper (Coastkeeper) and Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF) have reached agreement with the City of San Diego (the City) regarding major stormwater infrastructure projects to improve water quality in several critical water bodies including Mission Bay, Rose Creek, San Clemente Creek, and the Tijuana River. In addition to improving local water quality, the required attention and spending will help to bring the City into compliance with federal and state clean water legal requirements.

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City of San Diego Releases Final PEIR for Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan

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Fall Native Plant Sale on October 13

Photo of prior year plant saleThe annual San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Fall Native Plant Sale takes place on Saturday, October 13. Pre-order plants now online.

This event is held during the perfect planting season for those starting or supplementing a California native garden. There will be California native plants of just about every description from grasses to trees and shrubs, perennials to annuals, and even some succulents and ferns.

California native plants are optimal for saving water; attracting native birds, bees and butterflies; and preserving San Diego’s natural heritage.

In addition to plants, there will be seeds, books, posters and other plant-related items. Friendly knowledgeable experts will be on hand for plant selection advice. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. A convenient curbside loading zone is available for picking up plants. This California native plant sale will be in the Balboa Park’s Theater Courtyard between the Casa Del Prado Theater and Casa Del Prado and across from the West entrance of the San Diego Natural History Museum. 1600 Village Place in Balboa Park.

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Job Opportunity with San Diego Audubon

San Diego Audubon is currently searching for a Director of Conservation. If you or anyone you know is interested, please pass along this information.

San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS) is a non-profit organization working to promote the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in and around San Diego County. We seek a highly-motivated individual with a professional background in grassroots environmental advocacy and policy, conservation science and planning, and habitat restoration to serve as our Director of Conservation. If you have both a passion for and strong experience in environmental advocacy, endangered species protection and habitat restoration, excel at engaging partners, stakeholders, and volunteers, and have excellent project management and writing skills, we want to hear from you.

For more information, click here.

De Anza (Mission Bay Park) Scoping Comments

Hi all,

The City of San Diego is preparing a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the De Anza project as well as the portion of Rose Creek downstream of Grand Avenue and the area between Rose Creek and Kendall/Frost Marsh and the Northern Wildlife Preserve. For the full notice of the scoping for the PEIR, click here.  If you want the readers digest version, keep reading.

First off, please note that the PEIR study area has been expanded to include the area as far west as the Northern Wildlife Preserve (Crown Point) and to include all of Rose Creek downstream of Grand Avenue as shown in the image below.

PEIR study Area

PEIR study Area

This is great news as the community has been asking for the study area to be expanded since this project began. And the Friends of Rose Creek are very happy that at least a portion of Rose Creek is included in the PEIR.

If you would like to write your own comments, please submit them to
Written/mail-in comments may also be sent to the following address:

Sara Osborn, Environmental Planner
City of San Diego Planning Dept.
9485 Aero Drive, MS 413,
San Diego, CA 92123
or e-mail your comments to with the Project Name in the subject line by JULY 11, 2018.

As this is a CEQA process, please comment on what you feel is important for the PEIR to study. Suitable topics include Land Use, Biological Resources, Transportation, Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Noise, Historical & Tribal Cultural Resources, Visual Effects and Neighborhood Character, Health & Safety, Hydrology and Water Quality, Public Services and Facilities, Public Utilities, Energy, Geology and Soils, Energy, and Paleontological Resources.

The project that is being proposed by the City of San Diego is shown below

Map of City Proposed Project

City Proposed Project

The Friends of Rose Creek have prepared some items you may want the City of San Diego to study in the PEIR:

  • Please analyze water quality improvements that could be made in De Anza Cove by prohibiting motorized boats and jet skis in the cove and by precluding motorized boat rental in the 5 acre boat rental lease.
  • Please study the durability of the proposed habitat area on what is commonly called the De Anza Boot (for example, how much maintenance will it take to keep the habitat in place).
  • Please include in the PEIR an analysis of how the restored habitat will adapt to Climate Change and sea level rise.
  • Please study how chemical fertilizers and pesticides will be absorbed by the water feature (stream) meandering through the golf course before entering Rose Creek.
  • As the tidal flush zone of Rose Creek extends upstream to Garnet Avenue, please study impacts to the section of Rose Creek upstream of Grand Avenue and downstream of Garnet Avenue for the proposed project.
  • Please identify water quality improvement strategies for De Anza Cove that will increase water circulation by having tunnels under the peninsula of the De Anza boot, using an Archimedeas screw (either solar or human powered), or any other strategies that will improve the water circulation and therefore the water quality in the cove.
  • Please identify cumulative impacts of air pollution to the surrounding communities when added to the additional air pollution caused by the proposed density increases in  the area as part of the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan and the the Balboa Avenue Station Trolley stop.
  • Please study how the proposed 100 foot buffer on the east side of Rose Creek will protect the creek from urban run off.
  • Please study the impacts to Rose Creek, the Kendall Frost Marsh and the Northern Wildlife Preserve from the Guest Housing land use.
  • Please study the visual impact created by Guest Housing on watercraft users of the northeastern corner of Mission Bay Park.
  • Please study how the Grand Avenue frontage to the golf course can be enhanced to create a hedgerow of native plants between the sidewalk and the street as well as native plant landscaping between the sidewalk and the golf course to enhance the walkability of the area, absorb carbon monoxide, and create a sense of place.
  • Please analyze the projected increase in and variety of bird nesting spots that are not reachable by domestic animals for the proposed project.
  • Please study the feasibility of incorporating native plants into the golf course and regional parkland to increase habitat for birds and other animals while reducing water usage, pesticide and fertilizer use in the area.
  • Please study how the area of dredging at the mouth of Rose Creek will impact the ability to maintain a natural estuary in this location.
  • Please incorporate the three current alternatives of the ReWild Mission Bay plan into the analysis to determine which project will lead to great wetlands when adjusted for climate change and sea level rise.
  • Please identify how many habitat acres and what type of habitat will exist in the project area 25, 50 and 100 years based on current sea level rise projections.

Or feel free to make your own comments.






Reducing the impact of plastic pollution on marine life

How Does Plastic Pollution Affect Marine Life and How Can We Reduce It?

When you gaze out onto the ocean, your mind probably thinks of the glorious marine life, the vast depths, and wonder of coral reefs and dolphins. Something you might not think of though is the huge amounts of plastic pollution floating, sinking, and decomposing in the ocean.

Image of plastics at the bottom of the sea

Plastic pollution in our oceans

It’s a hard concept to grasp. Even though you might not see heaps upon heaps of plastic pollution in the ocean, it’s there, and it’s dramatically altering the lives of the marine animals that call the sea home.

If you’re unaware of plastic pollution — both what it is, exactly, and the amounts that are piling up in our oceans — you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to explain the origin of plastic pollution, how it piles up in our oceans, and the steps you can take to reduce it.

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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..