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Otay River Estuary Restoration Project

Otay River Estuary and salt ponds aerial - 2002

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposes to restore approximately 125 acres of coastal wetlands and uplands on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge to support a range of coastal dependent species.

The Otay River Estuary Restoration Project (ORERP) will restore a 33.5-acre portion of the Otay River floodplain and a 91-acre active solar salt pond (Pond 15) on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 

The ORERP Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which described the alternatives and analyzed the potential effects on the environment associated with the ORERP, was released for public review and comment in October 2016. The comment period ended on December 30, 2016. The Service is currently considering the comments received and will issue a Final EIS later this year.

ORERP Draft EIS Project Map (click to enlarge):
Project map

This project will help achieve the management goals for the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, as presented in the Refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan. Funding is provided by Poseidon Water to fulfill part of their mitigation requirements from the California Coastal Commission and Regional Water Quality Control Board for the construction and operation of Poseidon Water’s Carlsbad Desalination Plant, and resulting impacts on marine organisms.

Although the comment period has ended, the DEIS can be downloaded below for anyone interested in learning more. If you would rather obtain an electronic copy on a compact disc, please send an email with your name and mailing address to: Otay_EIS@fws.gov. Be sure to include “Otay Estuary EIS” in the subject line of the message of the email. 

Hard copies can be reviewed at:

  • San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex Headquarters, 1080 Gunpowder Point Dr. Chula Vista, CA
  • Chula Vista Public Library, Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA
  • Imperial Beach Library, 847 Encina Avenue (temporary location), Imperial Beach, CA
  • Chula Vista Public Library, South Chula Vista Branch, 389 Orange Avenue., Chula Vista, CA

 

October 2016 Restoration Update

 

FULL DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (This document is very large, so it may take some time download)  

Download by chapter:

ABSTRACT

COVER PAGE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS (including acronyms/abbreviations)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INTRODUCTION

2. ALTERNATIVES

3. AFFECTED ENVIRONMENT 

Sections 3.1 to 3.2

Sections 3.3

Sections 3.4 to 3.5

4. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES

5. COMPARISON OF EVALUATED ALTERNATIVES

6. OTHER SECTIONS REQUIRED BY NEPA AND/OR CEQA

7. COMPLIANCE, CONSULTATION, AND COORDINATION WITH OTHERS

8. REFERENCES CITED 

9. LIST OF PREPARERS

Appendices 

A. PUBLIC SCOPING REPORT - 2011

B. PUBLIC SCOPING REPORT - 2013

C. FINAL RESTORATION PLAN

D. PLANTING PLANS FOR UPLANDS

E. ORERP CONSTRUCTION METHODOLOGY

F. SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS REPORTS

G. TIDAL HYDRAULICS ANALYSIS

H. FLUVIAL HYDRAULICS STUDY

I. DDT ANALYSIS

J. BIOLOGICAL TECHNICAL REPORT

K. CULTURAL RESOURCES REPORT (a confidential Appendix)

L. UTILITY INVESTIGATION REPORT

M. AIR QUALITY/GREENHOUSE GAS OUTPUT FILES

N. COASTAL COMMISSION CONSISTENCY

             
For more information about the project, contact:
Brian Collins, Refuge Manager, at 619‐575‐2704 ex. 302 
Email: Brian_Collins@fws.gov

 

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017
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