Some of San Diego’s most diverse and important habitats are found in the natural areas surrounding the Authority’s reservoirs. The habitat value of the reservoir lands is increased by Sweetwater Reservoir’s connection to the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
, as well as Loveland Reservoir’s location next to the Cleveland National Forest
. These reservoir lands support hundreds of plants and animals that are vital to these natural ecosystems. Due to local and regional declines, some of these are considered threatened and endangered by federal and/or state governments, including San Diego fairy shrimp
, least Bell’s vireo
, California gnatcatcher
, Otay tarplant
, and San Diego mesa-mint
, among others. The Authority is committed to the protection and management of natural resources on its lands and ensures water operations comply with existing environmental laws and regulations. As a result of project permits, Authority programs have been developed to implement species monitoring, habitat restoration and management, and control of invasive species.