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“Reidy” For A New Year; A Creek Makeover

“Reidy” For A New Year; A Creek Makeover

Earlier this fall, a long-overdue restoration project began at Reidy Creek! Although the Conservancy is The Escondido Creek Conservancy, its conservation focus is the entire Escondido Creek watershed, which contains additional tributaries (drainages), including Reidy Creek. Escondido residents may know Reidy Creek as the creek that runs behind the Escondido Police Department headquarters, and by the community garden. Enhancing and improving Reidy Creek provides an opportunity to showcase what other creeks in the watershed could become: ribbon parks bisecting the city with beautiful native trees and plants, clean water, and–perhaps in the future–safe walking and biking trails for local residents.

“During the restoration process, we’ve had many residents and neighbors near Reidy Creek—some having lived here over 20 years—expressing gratitude towards the project,” said Juan Troncoso, Conservation Associate for The Escondido Creek Conservancy, “They are grateful for the natural beauty and recreational value we are returning to their backyard.”

The portion of Reidy Creek behind the Escondido Police Department has become an area of public safety concern over the last decade, due to unauthorized encampments and resultant trash and water pollution. In recent years, the City of Escondido has been working to address these issues. Last year the City and CalFire began a program to reduce non-native plants in Reidy Creek and remove trash and hazardous waste, which has greatly improved the area. “We really appreciate all the work The Escondido Creek Conservancy has organized so far. The removal of overgrowth and non-native plant species has really helped open up this waterway and has had a positive effect on our community,” says Justin Frasor, Community Manager of Reidy Creek Apartments.

In September, the Conservancy began a multi-year program to remove hundreds of non-native trees and plants that are choking the creek and taking up space that might otherwise be used by native plants and wildlife. Reidy Creek is an especially important tributary because it remains relatively natural, unlike Escondido Creek—much of which has been lined with concrete within the urban portion of the city. Thanks to funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Restoration Grant Program, students from the Urban Corps of San Diego county controlled invasive, non-native plants in the understory at Reidy Creek. This involved distinguishing between native and invasive plants, and using multiple methods for control. Corps members will return throughout the spring and in the next two years to continue removing invasive understory plants and emerging palm trees, thereby shifting the plant community back toward a native one.

The Conservancy will also expand its Conservation Fellowship program next summer so high school students living near the creek can participate in the restoration and witness the transformation. Nearby residents will also be able to participate in summer nature walks and bird watching near the creek so that they too can witness the transformation!

If you’re interested in participating in the restoration or learning about the Conservation Fellowship, please email Nathan Serrato, nathan@escondidocreek.org

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San Marcos Creek Project To Break Ground on Dec. 11

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, the City of San Marcos will host a groundbreaking ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. to celebrate the start of construction for the San Marcos Creek Project.

The project, once completed, will minimize flooding risks, preserve and enhance creek habitat, and build a new park and trails. The project will also provide critical infrastructure needed to support future growth in the area.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be emceed by City of San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and includes light refreshments provided by Old California Coffee. The ceremony will be held in the open space on the east side of Via Vera Cruz, between West San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street. The City is asking attendees to R.S.V.P. by calling 1-877-SMCREEK or emailing creek@san-marcos.net.

“We are pleased to break ground on a project that will solve a long-standing issue and provide tremendous value to the community in the future. We are one step closer to the start of major construction in early 2020.  We ask that everyone take the time today to get more information about the project, the construction schedule and sign up for construction alerts,” said City of San Marcos Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy. “The City is committed to being a good neighbor and proactively communicating with residents throughout construction.”

Parking is available for ceremony attendees in the following locations:

  • At the ceremony site on the east side of Via Vera Cruz
  • Along Via Vera Cruz and
  • On the west side of Via Vera Cruz on the old Escondido Truss site (for overflow only).

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to assist with traffic flow to and from the ceremony site.

Construction Schedule

Following the groundbreaking ceremony, the construction team will move to more active construction in the project area.

  • In Winter 2020, construction will begin with the closure of Bent Avenue for bridge construction above the Creek.
  • In Fall 2020, once construction at Bent Avenue is completed, construction will shift to the closure of Via Vera Cruz, for bridge construction above the Creek in that location.
  • In Spring 2021, the City anticipates starting habitat and park construction and finishing construction and opening the project to the publicin Fall 2021.
  • Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhoods will notice construction-related noise, increased construction vehicle traffic, detours and lane and road closures during construction.

The City encourages members of the public to visit the project website and sign up for alerts to  stay informed throughout project construction:

  • Website: Visit www.san-marcos.net/creek for project information.
  • Text updates:Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates.
  • Project hotline:Call 877-SMCREEK with any questions and a team member will respond within 48 hours.
  • Email:Email creek@san-marcos.net with questions or requests and a team member will respond within 48 hours.

Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad: www.san-marcos.net/arroyo.

San Marcos Creek project

On Sept. 24, 2019, the San Marcos City Council awarded a contract so construction can begin on San Marcos Creek project to increase the San Marcos community’s access to and enjoyment of San Marcos Creek. Construction is anticipated to begin in the winter of 2020 and is anticipated for completion in 2022.

About the Project 

If you’re not familiar with the project, it is adjacent to the San Marcos Creek, with the following boundaries:

  • West San Marcos Boulevard to the North
  • Grand Avenue to the East
  • Via Vera Cruz to the West
  • Discovery Avenue to the South

The project will solve a long-standing problem of flooding in the community, by raising the roads and bridges in the project area. This is in addition to adding open space by preserving creek habitat and providing a walking trail, vistas to the creek and a park for the community to enjoy.

Community Outreach

The City’s project team has hired JPW Communications to assist with communications and outreach to the community throughout project construction.

As part of our early outreach, JPW would like to share information with you about the project (see attached fact sheet). We encourage you to read through this information and the following ways to stay updated on the project throughout construction.

The City will also host a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center, so please save the date. The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear more information about the project, construction schedule and how to stay informed throughout construction.

Thank you in advance.

Camilla Crescenzo

Construction of San Marcos Creek Improvements Moves Forward

At its Sept. 24, 2019 meeting, the San Marcos City Council voted to approve a notice to award for Sema Construction to serve as the primary construction contractor for the San Marcos Creek Project. The project, once complete, will minimize flooding risks, preserve and enhance creek habitat, and build a new park and trails. The project will also provide critical infrastructure needed to support future growth in the area.

Following this approval, the City of San Marcos project team will continue community outreach about the project, finalize the construction timeline, mobilize the construction team and start active construction in early 2020.

“We are pleased to move forward with a project that will solve a long-standing issue and provide tremendous value to the community in the future. At the same time, we understand that construction in one of our core areas will cause temporary inconvenience,” said City of San Marcos Project Manager Isaac Etchamendy. “The City is committed to being a good neighbor and proactively communicating with residents throughout construction.”

The City created a video to give residents an overview of the project. It can be viewed here:

Project Features and Amenities

  • Raised roadway and new bridges over the San Marcos creek along Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz to reduce flooding and enhance safety
  • Widened Discovery Street to four lanes with a bike lane on the south side
  • Additional sidewalks and bike facilities
  • New community park with spaces and trails for recreation and relaxation
  • Restoration and preservation of 1.5 miles of creek habitatConstruction Details
  • Preliminary construction, including moving equipment to the site, will begin late 2019.
  • Active construction is tentatively planned to start early 2020 and is expected to take up to twoyears to complete.
  • Construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhoods will notice construction-related noise, increased construction vehicle traffic, detours and lane, and road closures during construction.Community MeetingThe City will host a community meeting about the project and upcoming construction on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the San Marcos Community Center at 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos.In addition to the community meeting, the City will provide updates to the public throughout construction in the following ways:
  • Website: Visit www.san-marcos.net/creek for project information.
  • Text updates: Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates.
  • Project hotline: Call 877-SMCREEK with any questions and a team member will respond within48 hours.
  • Email: Email creek@san-marcos.net with questions or requests and a team member willrespond within 48 hours.BackgroundThe San Marcos Creek project is consistent with the San Marcos General Plan,Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad: www.san-

    marcos.net/arroyo.

City of San Marcos Roads near San Marcos Creek may close during rainstorm

Roads near San Marcos Creek may close during rainstorm
Bent Avenue, Via Vera Cruz and Discovery Street may be affected

San Marcos street closures are expected along portions of S. Bent Avenue, Via Vera Cruz and Discovery Street in the coming days due to forecasted rains. These closures are common during any type of rain event and the city is not concerned about significant erosion or debris flows at this time.

If needed, streets will be closed in the following order (status updates will be posted below):

  1. Bent Avenue between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street
    Status: CLOSED—flooded signs have been posted and closure expected to until rain conditions lighten
  2. Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street
    Status: OPEN
  3. Discovery Street between Via Vera Cruz and S. Bent Avenue
    Status: OPEN
  4. Discovery Street between San Marcos Boulevard and La Sombra Drive
    Status: OPEN

All closures will be clearly marked and alternate routes will be provided. Motorists should use caution when driving through these areas and allow extra travel time to accommodate slowing due to wet road conditions.

Please be advised that road closures and alternate routes may change without notice.

The City of San Marcos is offering residents free, fill-your-own sandbags for San Marcos residents to help protect personal property from flooding and soil erosion.

The sandbags can be filled and picked up at the southwest corner of the Public Works Division parking lot, 201 Mata Way; maximum 20 bags per resident.

As we head into the predicted El Niño season, residents are urged to prepare properties now by using mulch or terrace the slopes and plant groundcovers and shrubs to keep them from eroding. For more El Niño preparedness resources, visit www.san-marcos.net/elnino.

For more information about road closures, sandbags or to report flooding, call the city’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.

Volunteer Opportunities with The Escondido Creek Conservancy

Escondido Creek Clean-up Campaign
Escondido Creek Clean-up Campaign
The Escondido Creek Conservancy is co-sponsoring a one-day creek clean-up event.  This is a wonderful way to make a positive impact to the local community, the watershed, and our ocean.  The date of the event is Saturday, September 19th, from 9:00AM until noon.  The site is located at 1845 Harmony Grove Road, which is an urban portion of the Escondido Creek.  Interested volunteers can get more information and register by going to the following link:
Elfin Forest Trail Patrol Volunteers Needed

For potential volunteers looking for a more on-going opportunity, we are seeking new recruits for out Elfin Forest Trail Patrol program.  In a nutshell, our Trail Patrol volunteers help maintain the trail system at the Reserve, provide information to trail users, and serve as ambassadors of our natural lands.

Volunteers are permitted to patrol on their bikes!  Scheduling is extremely flexible.  Volunteers make their own shifts any time and day of the week that works for them (within regular park hours, of course).  All we just ask that Trail Patrol volunteers perform, at minimum, three hours of patrolling per month.

To become a Trail Patrol volunteer you have to:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • allow us to run a background check
  • complete the training course that we provide
  • contribute a one-time $40 Trail Patrol application fee (of which $20 is a refundable deposit)
  • obtain First Aid, AED, and CPR certification
  • patrol a total of 3-hours per month (exceptions permitted)
The next Trail Patrol training course kicks off in this month.  It consists of two 3-hour sessions held on back-to-back Saturdays (9:00-noon September 26th and October 3rd).  There are only twelve more spots available and we only hold these trainings once every four months, so the sooner you sign up, the better.

Training course topics will include a thorough explanation of the program and volunteer duties, park rules & regulations, safety & security, trail maintenance techniques, nature interpretation techniques, identifying native and invasive plants, an introduction to local wildlife, and how to use the specialized communication radio.

For the uniforms, there’s a standardized hat and a short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirt that we provide.  When volunteers can no longer continue participating in the program we refund $20 of the $40 application fee upon the return of the uniform.  Volunteers are responsible for providing their own hiking shoes and green-colored pants/shorts of choice.

All Trail Patrol volunteers must also have up-to-date adult First Aid, AED, and CPR certification (which is separate from the regular Trail Patrol training course).  Since we don’t provide the certification ourselves, volunteers have to shop around the various independent certifiers in the area and sign up for the one that is most convenient for them.

Groupon has a limited time deal right now for this certification, done entirely online, for just $20 (which is an incredibly good deal):

www.groupon.com/deals/national-health-care-provider-solutions-san-diego
Otherwise, here are some other links for certification classes:
Once interested candidates complete the Trail Patrol training course and get the First Aid/AED/CPR certification they’re all set to hit the trails!
Contact volunteer coordinator Simon Breen for more information or to get signed up: simon@escondidocreek.org

San Marcos still has room for major developments

University District in San Marcos

The city of San Marcos still has room for large-scale projects, although the lack of redevelopment funds may make construction difficult.

Along with many projects, the 214-acre San Marcos’ Creek District Specific Plan was about to be implemented when the state of California eliminated redevelopment agencies in 2012.

While that financing vehicle is gone, city officials and developers are proceeding on the assumption the money will somehow be cobbled together.

Located along San Marcos Creek, between Discovery Street and San Marcos Boulevard, the plan calls for 2,300 residential dwelling units, 1,265,000 square feet of retail and as much as 589,000 square feet of office space.

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