Tijuana Model Marsh Restoration

Location: San Diego County

Project Type: Restoration

Status: Completed

Habitat Type: tidal wetlands

Date Completed: 2000

Area Affected: 20 acres

Assembly District: 78

Senate District: 40

Congressional District: 51

Project Lead/Grantee:
Southwest Wetlands interpretive Association (619-575-0550)

This project restored approximately 20 acres of intertidal salt marsh by excavating approximately 135,000 cubic yards of sediment.

In order to re-create the variety of habitats usually present across the intertidal marsh plain, expand the area for wetland flora and fauna, and create a coastal habitat that can function similarly to a natural system, artificial tidal creek networks were excavated and native plants were re-vegetated on the restoration site. The Model Marsh as well as a surrounding 500 acre area was later dedicated under the name of Friendship Marsh.