SD City Council OKs funds for vernal pool conservation plan

The City Council Tuesday authorized the use of a $500,000 federal Endangered Species Act grant to develop a conservation plan for vernal pool habitats in San Diego.

The city plans to use the bulk of the money, about $400,000, to contract with the San Diego Association of Governments to prepare the plan, which will identify the remaining vernal pool habitat and establish proposed preservation zones.

The project, which is more than a decade in the making, is scheduled to begin in May and be completed by June 2012.

Vernal pools are small, shallow ponds that are dry most of the year, but fill up with water during winter rains. The pools are home to several plant and animal species, including the endangered fairy shrimp.

Vernal pools, which can be found in Del Mar Mesa, Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain, Kearny Mesa, Mission Trails Regional Park and Otay Mesa, are threatened by development.

According to a report to the City Council, about 97 percent of the known habitat for vernal pools in San Diego County has been lost to development and agriculture.

The City Council voted 6-1 to authorize the expenditure of the $500,000 grant.

Councilwoman Donna Frye cast the lone dissenting vote. Councilman Tony Young was absent.

Frye was opposed to a so-called “interim process” that will allow some development projects with potential vernal pool impacts to proceed while the plan is under development.

In 1998, more than dozen environmental groups sued the city, arguing that not enough was being done to protect vernal pool habitat. A court later sided with the environmental groups. The lawsuit has slowed or halted a number of proposed developments.

Related posts:

  1. Plan for trail system still on hold
  2. Del Mar Mesa trail plan delayed until 2009
  3. S.D. City council hears mayor’s budget cut plan
  4. Hueso selected new SD city council president
  5. SD City Hall reconstruction plan gains steam

Short URL:

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Next step in Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club sale likely to be mid-October
    The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club board won’t likely make a decision on the sale of its clubhouse until mid-October, according to co-president Fred Wasserman. The 1.04-acre property, home to the 7,974-square-foot clubhouse, has been listed with Colliers International and the realtors are handling all offers submitted. Nobody on the board is discussing the offe […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe water district director resigns after qualifying for ballot
    An announcement by John Ingalls, a 12-year veteran of the Santa Fe Irrigation District board, that he would immediately step down from his seat and not seek a fourth term, means that none of the three open seats on the panel will be contested at the voting booth this November. Ingalls, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who had filed his papers to run for a fourth t […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe resident among seven new trustees joining UC San Diego Foundation Board
    Proactive stewards, higher education advocates and expert financial strategists, UC San Diego Foundation trustees play an important role in cultivating community partnerships and garnering resources to support UC San Diego research, teaching and public service initiatives. Trustees govern the Foundation, including managing net assets totaling $717 million, i […]