The San Diego County Water Authority is making available for purchase up to 240 acre-credits of high-quality coastal sage scrub habitat from their San Miguel Conservation Bank. These credits are part of the 1,852-acre San Miguel Conservation Bank, located in Chula Vista near Mother Miguel Mountain and San Miguel Mountain, which is within the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The San Miguel Conservation Bank was established by an agreement with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1997. The Water Authority assumed the conservation banking agreement in 2003. The Water Authority Board of Directors authorized the outside sale or exchange of up to 240 acre-credits within the bank on September 28, 2017.
The available credits are within an area deemed “Very High Quality Habitat” in the Subregional Multiple Species Conservation Plan, boasting a rich biodiversity that is known to support a number of listed and otherwise sensitive plant, avian, reptile, and mammal species. The on-site coastal sage scrub habitat supports a high density of coastal California gnatcatcher populations.
The 1997 banking agreement established a service area for the site as all non-coastal areas of San Diego County, with coastal areas to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For more information on credit purchase or exchange opportunities with the Water Authority, please contact:
Principle Water Resources Specialist