April 17, 2024

Odin Celebrates Milestones in the Otay River Estuary Restoration Project

Chula Vista, California. Odin is pleased to announce significant progress in the Otay River Estuary Restoration Project (ORERP) in Chula Vista, National City, and San Diego, California. Spanning 165.4 acres, this wetland restoration initiative aims to create, restore, and enhance coastal wetlands and salt marsh habitat to support native fish, wildlife, and plant species, including habitat for migratory seabirds and shorebirds. The project was undertaken to mitigate impacts related to the nearby Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest desalination plant in North America, and is a testament to Odin’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

Key elements of the project include the excavation and trucking of over 300,000 cubic yards of soil to create suitable elevations for coastal salt marsh habitat, the construction of a new berm to expose the area to tidal influence, and the incorporation of a rock revetment for coastal protection. The team has hauled and placed 235,000 cubic yards thus far, and has completed the first phase of the Otay River floodplain site breach. Additionally, Odin has constructed temporary crossings for equipment access, ensuring efficient project implementation while minimizing environmental disruption.

Despite construction, the project site remains a thriving ecosystem. Among its residents are flamingos, East Pacific Green Sea Turtles, Burrowing Owls, rabbits, eagles, falcons, and coyotes. Odin has prioritized the stability and success of the animals calling the site their home, and has successfully built two artificial burrows – one is off the market as it has been claimed and turned into a cozy home by a burrowing owl.

More than 50,000 pairs of migratory birds visit San Diego Bay during the nesting season. In order to accommodate the nesting season, the project breaks annually between February 16th and September 30th. “Our team has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to safeguard both human and animal access to the site, all while maintaining a steadfast focus on quality,” said Claudia Lewis, project engineer at Odin.

Despite facing unforeseen challenges, including significant floods and adverse weather conditions, Odin has remained resilient in its efforts to advance the project. The team’s swift and decisive actions during adverse events, such as the recent storms that prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency, underscore Odin’s commitment to safety and environmental protection.

Looking ahead, important milestones are on the horizon for the ORERP. The final construction season will lead to the completion of critical elements such as grading Pond 15, the second phase of the Otay River Floodplain site, and placing rock revetment. Following Odin’s work, a planting and irrigation contractor will work on the project for another 5 years to create a self-sustaining marsh habitat.

As Odin continues its collaboration with South Bay Saltworks and Channelside Water Resources, the company remains dedicated to preserving and enhancing the ecological integrity of the Otay River Estuary. With each milestone achieved, Odin reaffirms its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development practices. For more information about Odin and its comprehensive construction solutions, visit www.odinenv.com.

About Odin

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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