Art / Science / Innovation



Explore the Pueblo Watershed

December 14, 2013   8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Characterized by intense urbanization, complex infrastructure, wide income disparities, rich histories of culture and nature, and tremendous intellectual capital, the Pueblo Watershed presents many challenges and opportunities.

See the Pueblo Watershed through photographs by community members.


8:30-11:00 am  —  In the Field

Ten teams explored sites within San Diego’s Pueblo Watershed—a geographic area defined by how water flows over the landscape. Activities included:

  • Collecting scientific data (related to microclimate, hydrology, plant and animal life).
  • Generating artistic observations (photos, video, drawings, diagrams, poetry, etc.).
  • Sharing media for viewing that day (email to, Facebook / San Diego Incubator for Innovation, or download at Woodbury).
Pueblo Watershed

“Pueblo Watershed.” Image provided by Global ARC. 2013

11:30-2:00 pm  —  Woodbury School of Architecture

At the Woodbury School of Architecture, teams …

  • Visualized data from the morning’s explorations and our collective observations.
  • Annotated satellite images of the 10 research sites.
  • Engaged in artistic explorations of the Pueblo watershed through drawing and media sharing.
  • Observed. Inquired. Shared. And learned about how we live with water.

Teams visited the following sites:

1. Cañon Street

Sycamores and pavement follow this canyon through Point Loma’s La Playa neighborhood down to Shelter Island.

2. Famosa Slough

A coastal wetland along the San Diego River, now surrounded by homes and businesses, reminds us how San Diego Bay used to be.

3. Heritage Park Row

Victorian Homes mark the Americanization of old San Diego near the northern boundary of the Pueblo Watershed.

4. Robyn’s Egg Trail

In affluent Mission Hills, a neighborhood canyon with coastal chaparral drains toward the airport.

5. Switzer Canyon

Along the eastern edge of Balboa Park, dividing North Park from South Park, citizen activists saved this winding canyon from urban development.

6. Juniper Canyon

A many-branched canyon carves up the neighborhood of South Park, creating a refuge for plants, animals, and people.

7. Chollas Reservoir

Built in 1901 to provide drinking water to the growing town of San Diego, the reservoir’s original function was compromised by upland urban development.

8Market Creek

Redevelopment in the Diamond District enhances awareness of Chollas Creek while celebrating the neighborhood’s rich cultural diversity.

9. Paradise Valley Park

Near the southern boundary of the Pueblo Watershed in National City, this remnant of open space evokes the varied history of native people, ranchers, and subsequent urbanization.

10.  Navy Drain North

Where Chollas Creek enters San Diego Bay, freshwater run-off meets tidal influence in an industrial, military, urban setting.

 Pueblo Watershed Site Locations

Image provided by Google Earth. 2013

Image provided by Google Earth. 2013


Planning Team:
Nan Renner
Oscar Romo
Deborah Forster
Jessica Block
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Hosted by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Funded by the National Science Foundation
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