Check out these photos of the salt marsh at high tide including the large osprey in flight and the mullet swimming. Click on any image to enlarge it. Notice how the high tide covers the Pickleweed banks of the salt marsh. larg
The Friends of Rose Creek is heart broken that San Diego City Council, despite multiple opportunities, declined to include park dedication for Rose Creek as part of the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan approval.
A huge shout out to Councilmember Chris Ward who added language to the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan to direct funding towards Rose Creek. We are grateful to Council President Georgette Gόmez and Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry for doubling-down on their questioning of City staff on why Rose Creek was excluded from the plan. Councilmember Monica Montgomery asked City staff to explain why Rose Creek could not be a park and City staff were unable to provide a substantive response. Councilmember Scott Sherman graciously offered to provided guidance to City staff on grant opportunities for Rose Creek.
While Rose Creek did not obtain the protections that are so long overdue, most of the public testimony, both for and against the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan, included an ask from City Council to dedicate the portion of Rose Creek in the Mission Bay Park Improvement Fund Zone (between Mission Bay Drive and Grand Avenue) as park. Rose Creek dominated the hearing and that is testimony to all the people in San Diego who truly care about Rose Creek. From the over six-hundred of you who signed the petition, to the multitudes who emailed and/or called City Council, and the brave souls who ventured down to City Hall today and spoke or ceded time for others to speak on why Rose Creek should become a park, I am proud to be associated with you.
Each and everyone of you are my heroes. I look forward to the day when our Mayor, and hence City staff, work for “we the people” instead of the development interests and create quality projects that enhance our communities.
Various members of the Friends of Rose Creek and the ReWild Mission Bay Coalition were interviewed by KPBS News, Channel 8 News, Fox 5 News, Beach & Bay Press, and KUSI news. Check out this great summary by ReWild Mission Bay.
Over the past several months, construction crews made significant progress on the Rose Creek Bikeway as they completed work on the pedestrian bridge south of Santa Fe Street and began construction of the bikeway on Santa Fe Street between the cul-de-sac at the northern end and the new pedestrian bridge at the southern end. Recent construction activities on the west side of Santa Fe Street included:
Other construction milestones achieved on the Rose Creek Bikeway project over the last few months included continued drainage improvements and utility work, railing installation, and paving of the trail at the I-5/Mission Bay Drive undercrossing.
While significant progress has been made to date, there are many critical items that need to be completed before the new bikeway will be safe to ride. SANDAG reminds potential users that the entire Rose Creek Bikeway project area is an active construction zone and trespassing on the path is prohibited. The project is expected to be complete and open to the public in mid-2020. To learn more about the project, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/RoseCreekBikeway.
The City of San Diego run De Anza Cove and Point planning efforts are underway. If the City grants the lease, then Campland would invest six million dollars in capital improvements on the De Anza peninsula. The Friends of Rose Creek, San Diego Audubon, Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, and other groups oppose this lease due to concerns about future potential options for restoring wetlands in the area. All these groups and many more support ReWild Mission Bay’s “Wildest” alternative to protect the developed environment against sea level rise, restore a fraction of the over 4,000 acres of wetlands that used to exist in Mission Bay, provide habitat for birds, create safe harbor for commercially important fish, and other benefits. Read the 12 page report in PDF format.
KPBS Evening Edition was with Councilmember Campbell at Creek to Bay Cleanup on April 27. While the piece focuses on Dr. Campbell, there is great footage of Rose Creek and volunteers in action.
The Friends of Rose Creek use the iNaturalist App to document the diversity of birds, bugs, snakes, plants and much more that call Rose Creek home. We need your help. Get out there with your App enabled devices and document the nature in our communities. Add your observations to the Rose Creek Watershed Project. If you need help with that, please email your iNaturalist login to us and we’ll add you to the project.
iNaturalist provides a place to record and organize nature findings, meet other nature enthusiasts, and learn about the natural world. It encourages the participation of a wide variety of nature enthusiasts, including, but not exclusive to, hikers, hunters, birders, beach combers, mushroom foragers, park rangers, ecologists, and fishermen. Through connecting these different perceptions and expertise of the natural world, iNaturalist hopes to create extensive community awareness of local biodiversity and promote further exploration of local environments.
On the right side menu of the SaveRoseCreek.org home page, you will see observations recorded by the Friends of Rose Creek. Enjoy!
To learn more about iNaturalist,, watch the video.
Once you’re ready, visit iNaturalist, create an account, and start contributing to the scientific study of biologic resources in Rose Creek.
San Diego Councilmember Jennifer Campbell and staff helped clean up Rose Creek as part of I Love A San Diego’s Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. They were joined by an amazing turnout of volunteers from MCTC (the MidCoast Trolley and Rose Creek Bikeway construction company) and the San Diego Chapter of the Brown University Alumni Association aka the Brunonians along with other volunteers. At the conclusion of the cleanup, volunteers were treated to ice cream courtesy of Campland-on-the-Bay.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Trash and non-native invasive plants were removed by our hard working volunteers. The total weight of trash has not yet been tallied, but we had 72 volunteers cleaning up over two miles of Rose Creek. Every piece of trashed picked up along Rose Creek, keeps that piece of trash out of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
If you didn’t pick up a copy of San Diego Earth Times, you’ll want to read the articles about Rose Creek.
A new invasive weed species has been identified in Carlsbad and other parts of San Diego County. Ward’s Weed is a small compact plant in the mustard family that almost looks like a tiny tumbleweed. It is easy to identify by its small yellow flowers with four petals and unique beaked seed pod.
Ward’s Weed can grow as a thick mat that chokes out all other surrounding plant species. Due to the extremely high seed count of up to 30,000 seeds per plant per year, this species can spread quickly and also presents a fire hazard in our open spaces and canyons.
The species is new to North America, but its current infestation is in a small enough geographic area that it is possible to eradicate before it gets out of control. Similar to the tumbleweed or Sahara mustard, which have spread throughout the western U.S., Ward’s Weed can do the same if not eliminated. In Australia, it was determined that a single introduction in 1915 eventually spread throughout the continent.
Ward’s Weed has been spotted in the City of Carlsbad. Learn how to spot it and report it at the City of Carlsbad’s page on Ward’s Weed info page. If you think you have spotted it, please report it via iNaturalist via the website or the app.