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SAN ELIJO LAGOON RESTORATION Begins Fall 2017
Image by Chris Hoover
Ninety-percent of California's wetlands have been replaced by urban development. San Elijo Lagoon is a valuable part of what remains, but we are losing mudflat and salt marsh habitat. San Elijo Lagoon's unique ecosystem will vanish unless we act.
The San Elijo Lagoon Restoration plan applies the best available scientific information and analysis to the evaluation and design of a range of possible project approaches. Environmental effects and benefits have been estimated using approved models that have been successful in similar Southern California restorations. Planners and advisors include 15 diverse government agencies and citizens groups.
We estimate the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project will cost $60 to $80 million. No private donations (individual, corporate or foundation) fund this project. Private donations support the Conservancy's core mission programs.
Lagoon Restoration is a component of The North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program that represents a $6 billion investment in the region that will be paid through a combination of federal, state, and local funds. The NCC Program is part of TransNet, the voter-approved regional half-cent sales tax for transportation, administered by SANDAG.
Restore and Maintain Rare Mudflat and Salt Marsh Habitat
Ensure Quality Habitat for Estuarine Species
Restore Water Quality
Huge Investment Potential
HIGHWAY & RAIL CONSTRUCTION
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW
Several trail areas have temporarily closed as work is under way for highway and railroad improvements in the North Coast Corridor (NCC) program. For the next few months, east-west access linking the lagoon's trails under the I-5 freeway will not be possible. Go to Trails map.
Crews are removing vegetation along I-5 and the rail corridor in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Solana Beach. Upon project completion, removed vegetation will be replaced with non-invasive landscape native to our region’s coastal zone.
For more information about highway and rail corridor improvements click on the image below:
This work is not part of the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project, estimated to begin this fall. For more information about restoration, please contact:
Doug Gibson, Exec Dir | Principal Scientist