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Quick Facts:

  • Acres: 95 acres
  • Former Use: Salt Evaporator
  • Key Services: Preliminary conceptual design & restoration plan, market analysis, regulatory submittals, site design advancement, baseline surveys, mitigation banking instrument, CDs

Project Summary:

The San Diego Unified Port District engaged Great Ecology to determine the feasibility of developing a tidal wetland mitigation bank on the Pond 20 parcel and to develop the restoration plan for the site. Pond 20 is a 95-acre former salt evaporator pond located in South San Diego Bay, adjacent to several restored tidal wetland complexes. In the Phase I feasibility assessment, Great Ecology developed a preliminary conceptual design and restoration plan, determined an initial cost estimate for the project, verified that the wetland credits produced would be fungible with market needs, and conducted a market analysis within Southern California to codify the business case for conversion of the Site to a mitigation bank.

As prime for Phase II of planning and permitting of the bank, Great Ecology developed the restoration and design of the bank and provided support on regulatory and legal submittals. The specific project tasks were primarily desktop-based, including preliminary development of the planting, irrigation, and grading plans for the bank, coordination with the Inter-agency Review Team (IRT) for development of the mitigation banking instrument, and preparation of construction documents to the 60% design level. Fieldwork-based techniques included baseline condition surveys, a preliminary biological resources survey, soil sampling and characterization, and wetland delineation.

Construction is set to begin in 2022.

  • Meritorious Outstanding Innovation in Green Planning & Design - Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
  • Outstanding Technical Report - AEP

San Diego, CA