Mike and Patricia McCoy
Imperial Beach, California
Since the husband-and-wife team won the1998 Volunteer Leadership Award, Mike and Patricia McCoy have been involved in a variety of projects, including a $3,000,000 marsh restoration project to expand the tidal prism of a 20-acre marsh and provide it for monitoring by research staff and local universities. The spoils from this project were used to restore an old quarry site, which was filled and later replanted with a coastal sage scrub community - one of the most endangered habitat types in the US.
Ongoing efforts include the construction of sediment basins to protect the south arm of the Tijuana Estuary from sedimentation coming in from Mexico, a study on coastal sand transport, and managment of invasive species within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and adjacent lands.
In 1999, after twenty years, the McCoys acquired lands in the San Diego Bay to establish another wildlife refuge, the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which they recently have started to restore.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Environmental Protection Agency
- International Boundary and Water Commission
- City of Tijuana, Mexico
- City of Tecate , Mexico
- U.S. Navy
- California State Department of Parks of Recreation
- California Coastal Commission
- California Coastal Conservancy
- County of San Diego
- City of San Diego
- City of Imperial Beach
- Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association
- San Diego State University Field Station and Research Center
132 Citrus Ave.
Imperial Beach, CA 91932