Imagine the flow of healthier 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.

Join Us! Reviving Your Wetlands Open House

Conservancy members and the public are invited to our 2nd Reviving Your Wetlands Open House. This is a forum for our communities to learn details about current and upcoming actions in this comprehensive habitat enhancement project. Come learn the latest in North County beach sand replenishment and be in the know on what’s occurring next in San Elijo Lagoon’s Central and East basins.

  • Tuesday, May 8, 2018: 6-8 pm
  • Encinitas Senior & Community Center
  • Complimentary Event


6:00-6:20 pm            View Open House Displays

6:20-6:50 pm            Reviving Your Wetlands Presentation by Doug Gibson, Executive Director | Principal Scientist

6:50-8:00 pm            Meet Conservancy restoration team & Build NCC team at project displays

We look forward to seeing you at our Open House!

Phase I: December 2017 - August 2018, includes:
  • Clearing vegetation from the Central and East basin work area;
  • Creating an approximate 30-foot deep overdredge pit in the lagoon’s Central basin by removing beach quality sand from the pit and transporting the sand via a series of pipes to Cardiff State Beach, Fletcher Cove, and an offshore borrow site*;
  • Constructing a series of dikes along the main lagoon channel and inlet to control water elevations and turbidity;
  • Constructing transitional areas in Central basin;
  • Dredging and sculpting the topography of the Central and East basin channels;

*Build NCC and San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy are currently exploring new opportunities that would eliminate sand being placed in an offshore borrow site. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Phase 2: August 2018 - February 2019, includes:

  • Clearing remaining vegetation from East basin;
  • Continued dredging and sculpting the topography of the Central and East basin channels;
  • Restoring habitats by planting low marsh natives (cord grass) in Central basin;
  • Constructing transitional areas in the East basin;
  • Clearing vegetation from West basin

Phase 3: February 2019 - December 2019, includes:

  • Completing dredging and sculpting the topography of East basin;
  • Restoring habitats by planting low marsh natives (cord grass) in East basin;
  • Constructing pedestrian bridge in central basin;
  • Dredging the tidal inlet and channel

Phase 4: January 2020 - February 2021, includes:

  • Continuing restoration efforts by planting native species in Central and East basins (mid and high marsh, transitional and uplands);
  • Constructing trail from the Nature Center Loop Trail to the Pole Road trail that runs parallel to the railroad;
  • Dredging material at the I-5 berm for use as the overdredge pit cap;
  • Removing all dikes to open the lagoon to tidal action

Updated March 20, 2018

Visit for the most up-to-date information regarding this project. 


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. 


San Elijo Lagoon Improvement Maps & Renderings of completed project.



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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