Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program II, Phase I


General location of the TETRP II Phase I project site. The wetland on the left is the 20-acre Model Marsh restoration project, completed in 2000.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, California Department of Parks and Recreation’s (CA State Parks) Border Field State Park, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, California State Coastal Conservancy, California Wildlife Conservation Board, and Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association propose to restore 80 to 85 acres of coastal wetlands in the southern arm of the Tijuana Estuary. This restoration effort supports ongoing restoration planning for the Tijuana Estuary, as presented in the Tijuana Estuary–Friendship Marsh Restoration Feasibility Study prepared in 2008.

The need for coastal wetland restoration in this area is great - the Tijuana Estuary has been degraded by decades of uncontrolled discharges of raw sewage, sediment, and trash. The proposed project will restore a portion of the Tijuana Estuary providing coastal resources essential for listed species, migratory birds, fish, and other wildlife. Restoration will also increase the estuary’s tidal prism to improve water quality and keep the river mouth open to the ocean.

We are currently gathering information needed to prepare a joint draft Environmental Impact Statement Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) to evaluate the potential effects of the proposed restoration on the environment. Interested parties are encouraged to participate in the public scoping process by providing written comments and/or providing verbal comments at planned virtual public scoping meetings. Additional details are provided below.

The proposed restoration site, which is located at the western end of the Tijuana River Valley in southwestern San Diego County, California, includes portions of both the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park.


Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a joint EIS/EIR was published in the Federal Register on May 27, 2021 by the USFWS and a Notice of Preparation (NOP) was filed the same day with the State Clearinghouse by CA State Parks. The NOI can be reviewed here. The NOP is available here.

Written comments can be provided throughout the 45-day public scoping process, but must be received no later than Monday, July 12, 2021. Written comments can be sent via E-mail or U.S. Mail to the addresses provided below.

E-mail: fw8plancomments@fws.gov, be sure to include “TETRP NOI” in the e-mail subject line
U.S. Mail: Brian Collins, USFWS, San Diego NWR Complex, 1080 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Invitation to Participate in a Virtual Public Scoping Meeting for the TETRP II Phase I Project

We will also hold two virtual public scoping meetings on Wednesday, June 16, 2021; one from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and the other from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. At these meetings, we will provide participants with an overview of the restoration proposal, present the issues we have identified for evaluation in the draft EIS/EIR, and seek your comments regarding additional issues to be included in the draft document.
LINKS TO PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS are available at: trnerr.org/about/public-notices/

For more information, read the first of several Restoration Updates for this project.

If you were unable to participate in the virtual scoping meetings, the presentations were recorded. The recordings are posted on the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve's website. Click here to visit our partner's webpage and access the recordings. 


For More Information

Contact: Brian Collins, Refuge Manager
Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Email: brian_collins@fws.gov  
Phone: 760-431-9440 extension 273