Creating 700 Acres of New Marshland Across San Diego is Key to City’s New Climate Action Plan

The revised and more aggressive climate action plan San Diego adopted this month commits officials to creating 700 acres of marshland across the city, more than triple the 220 acres of new marshland Mayor Todd Gloria had previously promised in northeastern Mission Bay.

The revised climate action plan prioritizes new marsh areas — sometimes called wetlands — because they serve the dual purpose of removing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide from the air and fighting sea-level rise by acting as a coastal sponge.

Opinion: Spend Scarce Funds to Restore Mission Bay Wetlands, Not Golf Clubhouse

In golf, I’m what you call a “hacker,” in that I’m a golfer with a handicap north of 30. Despite this, I like to get out with friends to chase the ball around and share the grief, and we enjoy playing at Mission Bay Golf Course four to five times a year. It’s a nice course, well-kept, and suitable for our level of play. In fact, I got my first and only hole-in-one on the 14th hole at Mission Bay.

New Recreational Amenities, Restored Marshland Proposed For Mission Bay Park’s Fiesta Island

San Diego officials are proposing a variety of upgrades to Mission Bay Park’s Fiesta Island including new parks, playgrounds, volleyball courts, marsh areas and habitat preserves. The proposed master plan for the mostly undeveloped 470-acre island is envisioned as a balance between improving the island and retaining its rural ambiance, city officials said. While it would include some significant changes, city officials stress that the plan is less intense than some previous proposals for the island, which has occupied much of eastern Mission Bay since it was created by dredging in the 1940s.