The Otay River Estuary Restoration Project (ORERP) is a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS or Service) and Poseidon Resources (Poseidon) to create, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands to benefit native fish, wildlife, and plant species, and to provide habitat for migratory seabirds and shorebirds and salt marsh–dependent species within the South San Diego Bay Unit of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge (San Diego Bay NWR).
The ORERP implements the habitat restoration objectives of the San Diego Bay NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) (USFWS 2006), and fulfills the applicable terms and conditions of the permits issued to Poseidon by the California Coastal Commission (Commission) and San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) for the Carlsbad Desalination Project. The partnership between the Service and Poseidon provides public benefits by restoring coastal wetlands and wildlife habitats within the San Diego Bay NWR, and allows Poseidon to meet its mitigation requirements for the Carlsbad Desalination Project.
The ORERP proposes to restore approximately 125 acres ofcoastal wetlands and associated uplands at two locations on the San Diego BayNational Wildlife Refuge (San Diego County, California), including a 33.5-acreportion of the Otay River floodplain, and a 91-acre active solar salt pond(Pond 15). To achieve elevations appropriate for supporting subtidal andintertidal wetlands within the Otay River Floodplain Site, the actionalternatives propose the excavation of 320,000 to 370,000 cubic yards ofmaterial or which 260,000 to 310,000 cubic yards would transported to the Pond15 Site to be beneficially used to restore coastal wetlands within the pond.The remaining 30,000 to 40,000 cubic yards of material would be stockpiled onthe Refuge for future beneficial use.
You can view the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the proposed project HERE.