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CARLSBAD FWO: Press Tour Highlights Wetlands Conservation Needs in San Diego County, California
California-Nevada Offices , July 9, 2008
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View of channelized wetland in Oceanside, CA
July 9, 2008 - Photo Credit: J.Hendron
View of channelized wetland in Oceanside, CA July 9, 2008 - Photo Credit: J.Hendron - Photo Credit: n/a
View of a different segment of the same wetland that was conserved as mitigation for development. 
July 9, 2008 Photo Credit: J. Hendron
View of a different segment of the same wetland that was conserved as mitigation for development. July 9, 2008 Photo Credit: J. Hendron - Photo Credit: n/a
Diane Nygaard of Preserve Calavera pointing out El Salto Falls to Barbara Henry, North County Times Reporter.
July 9, 2008  Photo Credit: J.Hendron
Diane Nygaard of Preserve Calavera pointing out El Salto Falls to Barbara Henry, North County Times Reporter. July 9, 2008 Photo Credit: J.Hendron - Photo Credit: n/a
View of El Salto Falls in Oceanside, CA
July 9, 2008
Photo Credit: J. Hendron
View of El Salto Falls in Oceanside, CA July 9, 2008 Photo Credit: J. Hendron - Photo Credit: n/a
From Left to right: Marci Koski, Carlsbad FWO; Maleah Ashford, Agua Hedionda Watershed Coordinator; and Carolyn Lieberman, Acting Coastal Program Manager, Carlsbad FWO
July 9, 2008
Photo Credit: J. Hendron
From Left to right: Marci Koski, Carlsbad FWO; Maleah Ashford, Agua Hedionda Watershed Coordinator; and Carolyn Lieberman, Acting Coastal Program Manager, Carlsbad FWO July 9, 2008 Photo Credit: J. Hendron - Photo Credit: n/a

 Jane Hendron, Carlsbad FWO
A July 9, 2008, press conference and walking tour gave media members the opportunity to learn about the risks facing wetlands in San Diego County, and the efforts that are underway to protect, conserve, and restore them. 

Participants in the press conference included Diane Nygaard, founder Preserve Calavera, Maleah Ashford, Agua Hedionda Watershed Coordinator, Andrew Mauro, member of the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Board of Directors, and Jane Hendron, Carolyn Lieberman, and Marci Koski from the Service’s Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office.

     Following the press conference, media were escorted along a busy avenue to see the impact of channelization on natural wetland functions, sources of pollution from road runoff, irrigation, and trash. This spot was contrasted with a naturally flowing portion of the same creek just across the street that was protected as mitigation for a nearby development project. 

     The tour wrapped up with a visit to El Salto Falls, located behind a shopping center and adjacent to a quarry.  The media tour highlighted the extreme fragmentation of historic wetlands in southern California and clearly illustrated the need to protect these few remaining wetland areas for the benefit of both wildlife and people.


Contact Info: Scott Flaherty, , Scott_Flaherty@fws.gov



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