The Wildlife Advisory Group (WAG) is an advisory group that provides environmental guidance and feedback on the redevelopment of the Chula Vista bayfront. In May 2010, the Port of San Diego, the City of Chula Vista, the redevelopment agency for the City of Chula Vista, and the Bayfront Coalition signed a settlement agreement forming the WAG. The settlement agreement requires the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan to adopt environmental protections that go above and beyond those required by federal, state and local laws and regulations, including preparation of a Natural Resources Management Plan for the Chula Vista bayfront.
Members of the WAG include the Bayfront Coalition, which consists of the Environmental Health Coalition, San Diego Audubon Society, San Diego Coastkeeper, Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation, Southwest Wetlands Interpretative Association, Surfrider Foundation (San Diego Chapter), and Empower San Diego. Representatives from all of these groups are appointed to the Wildlife Advisory Group, as well as other representatives from the Living Coast Discovery Center, the South County Economic Development Council, the South Bay Boatworks, Pacifica Companies, the Resource Conservation Commission, residents from the City of Chula Vista, the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Sportfishing Association of California, the San Diego Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the State Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the California Coastal Commission.
The WAG meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public.
Natural Resources Management Plan
A condition of the settlement agreement requires development of a Natural Resources Management Plan (NRMP). The NRMP includes:
- Management objectives and performance standards to guide preparation of the Natural Resources Management Plan.
- Designation of no-touch buffer areas and installation of a fencing and additional controls for protection.
- Design of walkways and paths to minimize adjacency impacts to wildlife habitat areas.
- A commitment to provide predator management for wildlife habitat areas.
- The creation of additional habitat management and protections, including coordination with Resource Agencies.
- Drafting of measures to reduce bird strike and bird disorientation.
- Creation of urban runoff and storm water quality monitoring and management requirements.
- Drafting of landscaping and vegetation guidelines.
- Creation of lighting and illumination standards to reduce impacts on wildlife.
- Creation of noise controls, including limitation on fireworks displays to three events per year.
- Environmental education programs for residents, visitors, tenants, and workers.
- Restrictions on motorized boating in sensitive areas and a prohibition on the rental of motorized personal water craft.
Members of the Wildlife Advisory Group
- Elizabeth Argyle – Living Coast Discovery Center: Educational Programs
- Todd Cardiff – Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter
- Marcela Escobar-Eck – Atlantis Group Land Use Consultants (CVBMP Developer/Port Tenant)
- Ken Franke – Sportfishing Association of California (Port Appointee)
- Susan Fuller – Living Coast Discovery Center: Programs/Operations
- Marco Gonzalez – Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation
- Bill Hall – San Diego Port Tenants Association (Port Appointee)
- Abbie Hawkins – Pacifica Companies (CVBMP Developer/Port Tenant)
- Laura Hunter – Environmental Health Coalition
- Susan Johnson – Southwest Chula Vista Resident
- Michael Mace – San Diego Zoo and Safari Park: Eco-Tourism Based Business
- Paula Matthei – Northwest Chula Vista Resident
- Michael McCoy – Southwest Wetlands Interpretative Association
- Matt O’Malley – San Diego Coastkeeper
- Jim Peugh (Chair) – San Diego Audubon Society
- Clayton Tschudy – Empower San Diego
- Mark Valen – Chula Vista Sustainability Commission
- Sandy Vissman – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Endangered Species
- Walt Wilson – U.S. Navy (Port Appointee)
- Andy Yuen – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex
- VACANT – East Chula Vista Resident
Eileen Maher and Heather Kramp, 619.686.6254