Conservation through Beautification in South San Diego

Evaporation Ponds, Lagoons, wetlands, San Diego, California

WILDCOAST attended a fantastic panel put on by C3 this morning and discovered that San Diego is a budding “tactical urbanism” hot spot.  What does this mean?  Roughly tactical urbanism encompasses temporary, urban projects to make streets more open, lively and enjoyable.  Often these projects aim to influence long-term change.  Just look at all the projects going on in East Village and the parklets in North Park, increasing walkability and open space for San Diego residents.  How can we fit this into coastal conservation?  Can we consider conservation or improvement of green space in urban areas ‘tactical conservation’?

WILDCOAST has a long history working in the Otay River Watershed and the South San Diego Bay, both of which are important coastal ecosystems existing in a fragile balance between urbanization and conservation.  The Otay Valley Regional Park, the western part of the watershed, was historically used for dumping and mining and is now a restored urban river parkway with trails for biking, while the salt ponds of South San Diego Bay are slowly being restored into beautiful wetlands.

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