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February 03, 2011

Looking Back on More than Two Years of Conservation in the Otay River Valley

The people and wildlife of this urban river park.

WiLDCOAST began work in the Otay River Valley in 2008. With the support of the Children and Urban River Parkway Program of the Resources Legacy Fund, WiLDCOAST initiated a program to build community support for the conservation and restoration of the Otay Valley Regional Park.

Since the program’s inception, we have involved more than 1,800 people in activities in the Otay Valley Regional Park including tours, volunteer events, student projects, and internships. This includes over 850 volunteers who helped to remove more than 5,750 pounds of trash and debris from the Otay River Valley. We have reached more than 650 students through our hands-on environmental education program at south San Diego County schools.

We worked collaboratively with the City of Chula Vista, San Diego, and the County of San Diego to continue planning efforts for the park and have partnered to submit for more than $400,000 in bond monies on behalf of the Otay River Valley. We have also worked to build the capacity of the local community to advocate for the conservation of the Otay River Valley and successfully organized a coalition of 15 environmental organizations that helped to defeat a proposal to place a 300MW power plant in the Otay Valley Regional Park.

Here is the story of these efforts through photos...


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