RESTORING SAN ELIJO LAGOON For Nature & For You



 

Imagine the flow of healthy waters and an increase in wildlife diversity 
at San Elijo Lagoon. New 
trail connections will be worth the wait.

San Elijo Lagoon CONSERVANCY is guiding the Reviving Your Wetlands lagoon restoration
and enhancement project, estimated to conclude in early 2021. 

Phase 1: December 2017 - June 2018
Phase I Includes:
 
  • Clearing vegetation and constructing a series of dikes along the main lagoon channel and inlet to control water elevations and turbidity
  • Creating a 40-foot deep overdredge pit in the central basin. Approximately 450,000-cubic yards of high-quality sand will be removed and used for beach sand replenishment at Fletcher Cover and Cardiff State Beach.

Subsequent phases of the project will include dredging various channels within the lagoon to increase tidal flow and improve the overall health of the lagoon. The dredged material will later go into the overdredge pit and capped. The project will new wetland habitat for the lagoon’s diverse wildlife, and includes the creation of new pedestrian trails within the lagoon.

Phase 2: July 2018 - January 2019

  • Central Basin dredging
  • East Basin excavating

Phase 3: February 2019 - June 2019

  • Central Basin dredging
  • East Basin excavating

Phase 4: May 2019 - October 2019

  • Inlet revetment
  • West Basin grading
  • Pedestrian bridge (Nature Center)

Phase 5: October 2019 - January 2021

  • Planting and irrigation 
  • Final overdredge cap placement
  • Removal of water control features

ABOUT RESTORATION

San Elijo Lagoon Improvement Maps

The San Elijo Lagoon Restoration project is designed to be resilient with sea level rise in our changing climate. Reviving our wetlands means improving tidal circulation in the lagoon. Lands and waters will be enhanced for native plants and animals—including threatened and endangered species. Our access and education opportunities will expand as we continue to protect sensitive natural resources. 

San Elijo Lagoon RestorationReviving Your Wetlandsis part of the first phase of construction for the North Coast Corridor Program, known as Build NCC. 

 

REVIVING YOUR WETLANDS

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 BE SAFE. Your patience is appreciated as new trail connections will be worth the wait.

 

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BIKE | PEDESTRIAN & COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENTS

OUR VISION is a world where biodiversity is protected and people act to conserve nature and embrace it as central to a healthy community. OUR MISSION is to protect and restore the resources of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, its watershed, and related ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.

Restoration [at] SanElijo [dot] org | 760-436-3944 x713