November 1st , 2022

Odin Breaks Ground at the Otay River Estuary Restoration Project

Stephen Ringen, Otay Estuary Project Manager (l to r); Claudia Lewis, Project Engineer; Tracey Forney, Construction Manager; Odin President & CEO Louay Owaidat; and Eric Stannard, VP of West Coast Operations at the Otay River Estuary groundbreaking.

Chula Vista, California. The Habitat & Wetlands Restoration project will create, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands to benefit native fish, wildlife, and plant species, and will provide habitat for migratory seabirds, shorebirds, and salt marsh-dependent species within the South San Diego Bay Unit of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The Otay River Estuary Restoration Project features operations at two different sites:

  • On 34 acres east of 13th Street near Imperial Beach within the Otay River Floodplain
  • On approximately 91 acres of an existing solar salt pond west of the intersection of Bay Boulevard and Palomar Street in Chula Vista

The first site entails restoration of the Otay River Floodplain, accomplished through soil excavation of 307,000 CY to lower the ground to elevations suitable for coastal salt marsh habitat and construction of a new berm exposing the area to tidal influence. The soil excavated from the Otay River Floodplain will then be transported to the second site to raise the ground to elevations suitable for coastal salt marsh habitat. The project also includes the construction of temporary crossings over Nestor Creek, Otay River, and Palomar Channel. 

Construction is expected to take three years, and much of the work is limited to between Oct. 1 and Feb. 15 to accommodate bird nesting season. To learn more about this transformative project, visit


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Odin has an award-winning focus on protection and preservation. Our team is empowered to provide stability and reliability to communities across the nation through Environmental Remediation, Heavy Civil & Geotechnical Construction, Habitat & Wetland Construction, and Emergency & Disaster Service projects. Odin has become a communal ally through a commitment to safety, quality, collaboration, and community.

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