Notice of Public Meeting San Diego River Conservancy – July 14, 2022

Notice of Public Meeting
San Diego River Conservancy

A public meeting of the Governing Board of
The San Diego River Conservancy
will be held Thursday
July 14, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

County of San Diego Administration Center

1600 Pacific Highway, Room 302
San Diego, California 92101

Teleconference Location
California Natural Resources Agency
715 P Street, 20th Floor 
Farallon Room (NRHQ 20-105)
Sacramento, CA 95814

For Questions Contact:
Wendell Taper at or (619) 390-0568

Meeting Agenda

The Board may take agenda items out of order to accommodate speakers and to maintain a quorum, unless noted as time specific.

1. Roll Call


2. Approval of Minutes (ACTION)
Consider approval of minutes for the May 12, 2022 meeting.


3. Public Comment (INFORMATIONAL)
Any person may address the Governing Board at this time regarding any matter within the Board’s authority. Presentations will be limited to three minutes for individuals and five minutes for representatives of organizations. Submission of information in writing is encouraged. The Board is prohibited by law from taking any action on matters that are discussed that are not on the agenda; no adverse conclusions should be drawn by the Board’s not responding to such matters or public comments.

4. Chairperson’s and Governing Board Members’ Report (INFORMATIONAL)


5. Deputy Attorney General Report (INFORMATIONAL/ ACTION)


6. Health and Safety Report (INFORMATIONAL)


7. Senate Bill 1027 (INFORMATIONAL) 
The San Diego River Conservancy Act establishes the San Diego River Conservancy in the Natural Resources Agency, and prescribes the territory, functions, and duties of the conservancy.  This bill would modify the definition of the San Diego River area to mean those lands located within the watershed of the San Diego River, revise the definition of a tribal nation to mean a Kumeyaay Band that is a federally recognized tribe or a non-federally recognized California Native American tribe that is on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission and add one new Board Member from the City of El Cajon.

Deanna Spehn, Policy Director for Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins


8. Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation’s Proposal to Acquire In-Holdings (ACTION)

Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation’s proposed project is for land acquisition located in the East Elliott area of the Mission Trails Regional Park. The proposed acquisition area is approximately 83 acres, over four parcels. This proposed project is in support of the State of California’s and the Natural Resources Agency’s path to conserving 30% of California’s lands and coastal waters by 2030. This proposed project provides multiple benefits, which include habitat conservation, protection of wildlife corridors, public access, and watershed protection. If approved, funding would be provided through the Budget Act of 2021 or 2022.

Jennifer Morrisey, Executive Director, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation

Recommendation:       Approve Resolution 22-08


9. San Diego Canyonlands’ Navajo Canyon Invasive Non-Native Plant Removal, Habitat and Trails Restoration Project (Phase 1)– Request to Amend Scope of Work (ACTION)
On November 12, 2021, the Conservancy’s Governing Board previously approved Resolution 21-18 authorizing a $600,000 grant to San Diego Canyonlands for removal of invasive non-native vegetation which included palm tree removal by helicopter, native habitat and the trail restoration in Navajo Canyon.  The project is located in the City of San Diego’s Open Space.  The original scope of work involved helicopter removal of approximately 380 palms. San Diego Canyonlands requests revisions to the scope of work to reflect removal of approximately 315 palm trees by helicopter and a minimum of 100 palm trees by hand. The project revisions do not change the project’s budget.

Clayton Tschudy, Executive Director, San Diego Canyonlands

Recommendation:       Approve Resolution 22-09


10. San Diego Canyonlands Ruffin Canyon Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Project (Phase 1) (INFORMATIONAL)
San Diego Canyonlands will provide a presentation regarding the Ruffin Canyon project, which restored and enhanced approximately 12 acres of wetland and approximately 6 acres of upland habitat on land owned by the City of San Diego and managed by the Open Space Division. The project’s goals included invasive removal, non-native plant species, restore and enhance native riparian ecosystems. Project area located within one-half mile of Disadvantaged Community in City of San Diego.

Clayton Tschudy, Executive Director, San Diego Canyonlands


11. Executive Officer’s Report (INFORMATIONAL/ ACTION)
The following topics may be included in the Executive Officer’s Report. The Board may take action regarding any of them:

  • Proposed Board Meeting Dates for 2023

Thursday, January 12, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, March 9, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, May 11, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, July 13, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, September 14, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 9, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


12. Next Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will be held Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


13. Adjournment



If you require a disability related modification or accommodation to participate in this meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please call Wendell Taper at 619-390-0568 or Julia Richards at 619-507-5085