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“We believe that the ocean shore should be the possession of all those who live in the region.” 

Temporary Paradise? (1974)

The Coastline and Wetlands KAN explores best practices for development and land use along the coastal edge with consideration to environmental impacts and public access.

The ReWild Mission Bay Project and De Anza Natural

ReWild Mission Bay has a long term vision for wetland restoration in the northeast corner of the Bay. It is a plan that provides opportunities for plants, animals, and neighbors to thrive and survive as our climate warms and water levels rise.  Where the City’s plan alternatives offer some options for wetland restoration, ReWild offers the largest restored wetlands area.
De Anza Natural, proposed by the city of San Diego, provides amendments to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan. It offers opportunities for plants, animals. De Anza Natural also includes access points to invite the public to enjoy nature in our collective backyard, as well as many opportunities for active recreation. Sea level rise modeling developed by the United States Geological Survey for Mission Bay and De Anza has been taken into account during the development of De Anza Natural. This plan is being undertaken as part of a settlement of a San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board enforcement action.

C-3 San Diego = Creating Civic Community ---> Knowledge to Action Conversations

C-3 San Diego's podcast, 'The Finest City', has been featuring introductions to the Civic Champions of the region's Coastlines & Wetlands via its Knowledge to Action Conversation Series hosted by Jennifer Whitelaw.  If you have yet to subscribe to the series you can check it out below.

Zach Plopper

Environmental Director, 

The Surfrider Foundation

Coastal and Marine Conservation: Zach is a coastal marine conservationist by trade, surfer, and ocean lover at heart. Zach walks us through his career journey in advocacy-driven coastal and marine conservation, including previous work at WILDCOAST where he helped California significantly strengthen its network of marine protected areas.  He also talks about some of the main sources that contaminate our beaches and what we can do about it, along with how to give our community more access to the beach. 

Clarissa Anderson

Executive Director,

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS)

Promoting Coastal Ocean Safety, Resilience, and Sustainability:  

Clarissa talks about SCCOOS, one of the 11 regions that collaborate with the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), their connection with Imperial Beach, what makes their history unique, and how to get involved with their mission and support their advocacy.

Theresa Talley

Scientist & Extension Specialist,

California Sea Grant

Education and Science in our Coastal Communities: Theresa talks about using science to advance the field of ecology, address coastal environmental issues, train tomorrow’s leaders, and raise awareness of our local ecosystems. She also covers how Sea Grant bridges the gap between academia and policy, the four main pillars behind Sea Grant’s mission, and how we can strengthen our community connection to coastal resources and education.

Angela Kemsley & Mary Liesegang


Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Conservation: Along with their international team, Angela and Mary are working to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems and address climate change through natural solutions. They speak with C-3 about WILDCOAST’s mission to establish and manage marine protected areas, restore blue carbon ecosystems, and engage communities in the stewardship of healthy, thriving oceans, coastlines, and wildlife. 

Phillip Musegaas & Matt O'Malley

San Diego Coastkeeper

All About San Diego Coastkeeper's Stewardship Towards Healthy Water: Phillip and Matt discuss how their organization uses a combination of science, advocacy, education, and community engagement to address various water-related issues. They talk about Coastkeeper’s history and efforts to restore drinkable water to San Diego, as well as the challenges they face and work to change. They also touch on topics such as environmental justice, engaging youth in their mission, and starting with simple actions like beach cleanups. 

Carla Pisbe Camacho & Vanessa Sandoval

Ocean Discovery Institute

Inspiring the Next Generation of Science Leaders: Carla and Vanessa discuss their previous experience with the Institute and how getting involved at a young age helped shape their careers in adulthood. They talk about the mission of Ocean Discovery Institute, and the commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion while inspiring the next generation of science leaders. 


If You Have An Interest In...
Architecture / Landscape Architecture / Environmental Design
Land Use Governance & Planning
Natural Resource Management / Environmental Protection
Sustainable Economic Development / Rational Redevelopment
Climate Change Resilience / Responsive Communities
Social Justice / Environmental Justice / Public Health

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Knowledge to Action Networks

C-3's Knowledge Action Networks (KANs) bring together local thought leaders from planning, design, policy, academia, community development, and more to discuss our region’s distinctive and pressing land use challenges.


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