Friends of the San Dieguito
River Valley
Seeking New Board Members for FSDRV
click here for press release


Established in 1986 as a non-profit, and supported by a network of members and affiliates, the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley promotes and supports conservation, restoration, preservation and enhancement of the natural scenic, ecological and open-space resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through advocacy, study, monitoring, and education.

Click here for a map of the San Dieguito River Watershed.

Click here for the FSDRV Bylaws on the
reference documents page

New Documents Filed in Legal Battle
over Former Polo Fields

posted November 6, 2017

Request to Allow Amended and Supplemental Record of new activities on the leased land

Request to Augment the Record with video-archived proceedings seeking approval of  lease with Surf Cup Sports

Question about Surf Cup Sports
posted November 6, 2017
Q:  My family lives walking distance from the polo fields and the Surf Cup is destroying this beautiful piece of land. The angry parents speeding in and out so that their kids can play soccer in this overpriced league is so destructive. I'm sure you know this already so my question is; how can we get involved? I'm a working mom with so little time as is but they are turning the property into a concrete jungle."

A: It is encouraging to hear from someone who wants to get involved and help. We have filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego and Surf Cup Sports for failure to conduct an Environmental Impact Report, which "identifies and examines the likely environmental effects of the continuing operations of an existing facility and proposes measures to avoid, mitigate, or offset them."

 I think the best thing you can do is write letters.  Write as many as you have time for, both to the city, and to the media.

If you have friends who are similarly angered or concerned, encourage them to also write letters: about the increase in traffic congestion, about what you see as degradation of the property from an environmental point of view, about the massive increase in use of the property, from polo and a few soccer and lacrosse tournaments per year, to soccer practices 4-5 days a week, every week, and paid parking events every single weekend.

Again, your outreach is highly appreciated.

Surf Cup Complaint Contacts.


Legal Battle Over Iconic Polo Fields
in Del Mar

Channel 10 June 12, 2017
posted October 3, 2017

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) --There's a new chapter in the battle over the iconic land best known as the "Polo Fields" in Del Mar.

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley, an environmental watchdog group, against the City of San Diego and Surf Cup Sports. The lawsuit is demanding the city set aside Surf Cup's lease until an environmental impact report can be completed.

Maggie Brown is president of the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley which has been fighting to preserve the scenic open space, just east of the Interstate and El Camino Real since 2004.

Read the interview here in pdf format.
or watch it here:
  Surf Cup Sports: Final Executed Lease
posted October 20, 2017

Comments on Hacienda Del Mar Project
posted October 3, 2017

The Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley spoke at the City of San Diego's January 19, 2017 Public Scoping Meeting for Hacienda Del Mar and also submitted the following written comments regarding the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project.

Click here to read Hacienda report in pdf format

Wetlands Restoration Celebrated
July 15, 2017
posted October 3, 2017

DEL MAR — Representatives from Del Mar, the 22nd District Agricultural Association and various agencies associated with the San Dieguito River Valley attended a July 15 ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the construction phase of a wetland restoration project south of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

It Took an Army: The Wetlands Restoration Story
Editorial from the July 2017 Sandpiper
Click here for the Sandpiper editorial
Past President Jaqueline Winterer
Battled the Fair Board
on behalf of the Environment
Click here to read an article about Jacqueline
in the March 2012 Sandpiper

posted October 3, 2017
Nearly repaired trail - waiting for California Coastal
Commission's approval.
photo © Ann Gardner

Trail damaged in January 2016
photo © Jacqueline Winterer

San Dieguito River Watershed

San Dieguito River Watershed.  Courtesy JPA

From the mountains to the sea, the 55-mile-long San Dieguito River originates at Volcan Mountain in the Cleveland National Forest.  From there, it meanders through Lake Sutherland, San Pasqual Valley, Lake Hodges, the Del Dios Gorge and the San Dieguito Lagoon to the river’s mouth in Del Mar.  The river and its major tributaries flow through sensitive natural habitats, including oak/pine woodlands, sage scrub, and coastal wetlands, creating a network of critical wildlife habitats.


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