The Escondido Creek Conservancy

San Diego County, California

Escondido Creek Conservancy News

TECC Acquires 242 Acres of Important Wildlife Habitat in Elfin Forest!

In TECC’s strategic plan, we tell the story of the founding of the organization twenty four years ago: “In the spring of 1989, a small group of Elfin Forest neighbors went on a hike up Meisha Creek, a tributary of Escondido Creek, to a picnic lunch under an oak grove which is now under the water of the Olivenhain Reservoir.   At that time development was taking off in North County. The friends had worked together ...

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Spring 2015 Newsletter

This past February I attended an event at the Stone Brewery Bistro and Gardens at their request. The purpose of the event was to meet with city officials from Richmond, Virginia, to talk about a project that Stone is proposing to site on the James River in Richmond. This would be a similar facility to the Stone facility in Escondido, but is on a river, will rehabilitate ...

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Fall 2014 Newsletter

We’ve had a dramatic few months in the watershed. Record heat, devastating fires in May, and a continued drought throughout the summer months have plunged the chaparral into a deep dormancy. The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) has been anything but dormant. In the last six months, our multi-tasking staff and board have been busy continuing to acquire and protect critical open space and habitat in the watershed. ...

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Preservation of University Heights Moves a Step Closer!

Yesterday the University Heights property, previously proposed to be developed with over 1,000 homes, moved a step closer to long-term preservation when the County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase the eastern one-half of the property. A second (and final) action must still take place on 12/3/14....

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Signs of Life in Areas Hit by May Fires: UT San Diego Story

A $50,000 fence is now up around a 60-acre land preserve along a busy Carlsbad street. Pricey, but it keeps people out. It’s the only way the property, charred four months ago in the Poinsettia fire, can heal and return to its lush — by California coastal standards — state. “It’s been working,” said Markus Spiegelberg, who oversees the small preserve owned by the nonprofit Center for Natural ...

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Comment Letter Submitted to City Council Regarding Alternative Compliance Program for Onsite Stormwater Structural Controls

At the Escondido City Council meeting on August 6th, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) submitted a comment letter recommending that the City join with TECC to identify funding to complete watershed-wide hydrologic, hydraulic, sediment transport, and water quality analyses, as well as comprehensively model restoration alternatives for the Escondido Creek Watershed. TECC recently met with city staff to discuss different grant funding sources that may be available for this purpose. TECC is prepared to do the ...

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Article: Maintaining Healthy Oak and Sycamore Trees Following Wildfire

San Diego’s recent fires burned 27,000 acres and damaged hundreds of native oak and sycamore trees, including coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) and western sycamore (Platanus racemosa) trees located within the Escondido Creek Watershed. These native trees are important parts of the local ecosystem and are generally able to recover following fire but in ...

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