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Friends of the San Dieguito
River Valley

Interim Executive Director Designated
for San Dieguito River Park
Supervisor Dave Roberts, Mark Ochenduszko, and
Del Mar City Councilman Don Mosier.

Directors of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority voted on Tuesday to hire Mark Ochenduszko as interim executive director of the agency.  The 55-mile-long park stretches from the beach at Del Mar to the river’s headwaters on Volcan Mountain near Julian.  Ochenduzsco will replace Dick Bobertz, who is retiring after many years of service to the river park.

Ochenduzco served as interim city manager for the city of Del Mar in 2010 and previously held the city manager’s post in Coronado, Cypress and Campbell.
His first day as interim executive director of the river park is Oct. 1.


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.

Our Mission 


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.



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