Otay River Estuary Restoration Project

Otay River Estuary and salt ponds aerial - 2002

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is restoring 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 approximately 125 acres of coastal wetland and upland habitats at the south end of San Diego Bay within the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) for the benefit of native fish, migratory birds, and other coastal dependent species.

Restoration will occur at two locations within the Refuge: on approximately 34 acres located east of 13th Street near Imperial Beach within the Otay River Floodplain; and approximately 91 acres of an existing solar salt pond (Pond 15) generally located to the west of the intersection of Bay Boulevard and Palomar Street in Chula Vista.  

The ORERP Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which includes a description of the no action alternative and two action alternatives (the intertidal alternative and the subtidal alternative) and addresses the potential effects on the environment of implementing these alternatives, was made available on May 18, 2018.
On October 19, 2018, the Regional Director of the Pacific Southwest Region signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the ORERP FEIS, which identifies Alternative B (Intertidal Alternative) for implementation.  A Notice of Availability (NOA) informing the public of the availability of the ROD was published in the Federal Register on October 31, 2018.
For an overview of the ORERP, see the latest May 2018 "Restoration Update." For more info about the ROD, see the October 2018 Restoration Update.
The FEIS is available for downloading below.


The FEIS is too large to download as one document, therefore, sections and appendices are provided individually for downloading.   
Download by sections: 
COVER PAGE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS (including acronyms/abbreviations)
3.1 - Affected Environment
3.2 - Physical Environment
3.3 - Biological Resources
3.4 - Cultural Resources
3.5 -  Social and Economic Environment

 CHAPTER 4 - Environmental Consequences 

4.1 - Environmental Consequences
4.2 - Physical Environment
4.3 - Biological Resources
4.4 - Cultural Resources
4.5 - Social and Economic Environmental Impacts
4.6 - Cumulative Impacts

CHAPTER 5 - Comparison of Evaluated Alternatives
CHAPTER 6 - Other Sections Required by NEPA and/or CEQA

 A. Responses to comments 

B. Public Scoping Report – 2011 and 2013 

          A draft Restoration Plan, prepared for the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in accordance with the required Coastal Development Permit, was provided as Appendix C in the Draft EIS. The Final Restoration Plan will be submitted directly to the CCC for their review and consideration.

D. Planting Plan for Uplands 

E. ORERP Construction Methodology 

F. Sampling and Analysis Report:

H. Fluvial Hydraulics Study 

I. DDT Analysis 

J. Biological Technical Report with CRAM 

K. Cultural Resources Report (confidential) 

L. Utility Investigation Report

M. Air Quality/Greenhouse Gas Output FilesN. 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