RESTORING SAN ELIJO LAGOON For Nature & For You



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.

Visit Lagoon Connections at SanElijoConservancy.blog for up-to-date information regarding this project. 

Save the Date! Reviving Your Wetlands Open House    

  • Tuesday, December 10: 6-8 pm
  • Encinitas Senior & Community Center

Conservancy members and the public are invited to our 3rd Reviving Your Wetlands Open House. Learn about the newly created mudflats and continued tidal dredging in the East and Central basins. Meet restoration team members in this comprehensive habitat enhancement project.

 
December 2017 —  August 2018
 
Central Basin (Area between the railroad and Interstate 5) 
 
  • Clear vegetation from the work area;
  • Create an overdredge pit by removing beach quality sand and transporting the sand via a series of pipes to Cardiff State Beach (300,000 cubic yards) and Fletcher Cove Beach (146,000 cubic yards);
  • Construct a series of water control features along the main lagoon channel and inlet to regulate elevation and turbidity;
  • Begin sculpting wider channels to increase tidal circulation;
  • Begin dredging deeper channels to increase tidal circulation 

East Basin (Area east of Interstate 5)

  • Clear vegetation from the work area;
  • Begin sculpting wider channels to increase tidal circulation

August 2018  February 2019

Central Basin (Area between the railroad and Interstate 5) 

  • Complete sculpting and dredging of the channels;
  • Create new transitional areas, including mudflats and avian nesting area in preparation for sea level rise;
  • Begin restoring habitat by planting low marsh natives (cord grass)

East Basin (Area east of Interstate 5)

  • Clear any remaining vegetation from work area;
  • Complete sculpting and begin dredging deeper channels to increase tidal circulation;
  • Begin restoring habitat by planting low marsh natives (cord grass) 

West Basin (Area between Coast Highway 101 and railroad)

  • Clear vegetation from work area;
  • Install a culvert at the south end of the basin to allow water to make its way past the berm

February  December 2019

Central Basin (Area between the railroad and Interstate 5)

  • Construct a trail from the Nature Center Loop Trail to the Pole Road Trail that will be connected at the north and south ends by bridges;
  • Continue restoration efforts by planting natives;
  • Cap the overdredge pit with sand

East Basin (Area east of Interstate 5)

  • Create new transitional areas, including low, mid,high, and upland habitat to prepare for sea level rise;
  • Complete sculpting and dredging of channels;
  • Continue restoration efforts by planting natives

West Basin (Area between Coast Highway 101 and railroad)

  • Sculpt and dredge the inlet and channel;
  • Dredge a narrow channel that will increase tidal circulation to the area

January  May 2020

  • Native plant irrigation and establishment period;
  • Remove all water control features to open the lagoon to tidal action;
  • Demobilize all restoration project equipment

June 2020 

  • Rios West (Pole Road) Trail reopens
  • New connector trail to nature center opens
  • New connector tunnel to Harbaugh Seaside Trails opens

Late 2021 

  • Solana Hills trail reopens
  • East/west trail connector under Interstate 5 reopens
  • North/south connector trail under Interstate 5 opens 

*Updated June 6, 2018

MORE ABOUT RESTORATION

San Elijo Lagoon Improvement Maps & Renderings of completed 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 North Coast Corridor Program, known as Build NCC. 

 

 

 

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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