A two hour meeting addressed several topics and concerns regarding an upcoming project in Chula Vista.
SAN DIEGO- On October 20, the Wildlife Advisory Group (WAG) of the The Port of San Diego hosted a virtual meeting to address several agenda items regarding the projects at Chula Vista and the effects they will have on wildlife, the environment and the community.
The first presentation focused on Chula Vista Bayfront’s progress on the Long Term Monitoring Plan (PGLT). The port engaged Tierra Data Inc. to finalize the draft PGLT for Chula Vista Bayfront. The oversight committee provided feedback, and Tierra Data Inc. and port staff worked together to revise the draft LTMP.
The general recommended approach for the LTMP includes an interactive map as a basic visual product as well as reports on various monitoring elements. Specific monitoring studies will focus on intertidal salt marshes, eelgrass, avian species, fish community, water quality and sea level rise.
The objectives of the PGLT are to ensure that measures are put in place to effectively reduce damage to wildlife and ensure the conservation of estuarine habitats of the Chula Vista Bayfront (CVB). They ensure that native flora and fauna thrive. They ensure that climate change adaptation and resilience to sea level rise are in place and ensure that the nature experience contributes to the well-being of residents and visitors.
Finally, the port will present its LTMP project to the WAG on December 10 and will be discussed at the WAG meeting in January 2022.
All comments for WAG should be made by email to [email protected] before December 10, 2021.
The following presentation focused on an update on the restoration of the buffer zone. The restoration project will cost a total of $ 4 million and will restore habitat by removing invasive species.
Action points included a presentation on the new RV Park in Chula Vista and its palm trees and a review of a draft letter regarding RV Park palm trees and predatory perches. This information is crucial as it relates to predatory birds and the visibility of San Diego Bay from the RV park. The presentation indicated that palm pruning is scheduled for fall each year after the birds have left the nests and before the owls are able to nest for the winter. The Californian palm has been accepted as the species the RV park will plant. It was selected because it is native to California and has a much smaller crown and head mass that provides limited roosting space for raptors, unlike trees with a large canopy.
The final action point was a presentation on the Living Coast Discovery Center (LCDC) temporary parking lot and a review of a draft letter regarding the potential creation of a permanent LCDC parking lot to be built on the west side of the new VR. to park. The parking lot will consist of 83 regular spaces and four spaces accessible to disabled people for a total of 87 spaces. Continuing to park will alleviate LCDC and its current and less convenient parking situation. Plans to move forward on this project are set to begin in late 2021, early 2022. The permanent lot is not as advanced in its design process as the temporary lot.
The proposed dates for the 2022 meetings include January 26, April 27, July 27, and October 26 and are currently under discussion as in-person meetings become more realistic.