SWIA Mission

Who We Are

History of SWIA &
The Tijuana Estuary

SWIA Board

SWIA Staff

A Natural
Transformation Video

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Mission Statement

Who We Are

Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association (SWIA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1979. SWIA is dedicated to the education in and acquisition, preservation and restoration of wetlands.

Since 1979, SWIA has managed $30 million of wetlands projects in the Tijuana Estuary. SWIA works in collaborative partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies and is a cooperating association with California State Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SWIA supports education programs at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center and serves as a public member of the Management Authority plus various committees countywide. SWIA’s volunteer Board of Directors is committed to preserving wetlands and working wherever needed.

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A Natural Transformation Video
Wetland habitats in the United States have been severly impacted by human activity over the last 150 years. Coastal wetland in particular have been hit hard, resulting in potential extinction of many unique plants and animals. Great efforts are underway to conserve and restore remaining marsh habitats.
This 30 minute video documentary presents the story of the creation of the Tijuana Estuary Model March, a 20 acre restoration/research project located in the Tijuana River National Estuarine Reserve in Southern California.