Encinitas lagoon restoration project gets underway

December 11, 2017 by  

Encinitas’s San Elijo Lagoon will be protected and restored in a project designed to cope with the rise in sea level.

The project recently kicked off, with Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) dredging up sediment that has built up for years. This will improve the flow of water in the lagoon, and make the channels larger. The floor of the lagoon will also be sculpted to suit the needs of plants and animals better.

The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s executive director, Doug Gibson, said the work was intended to improve the quality of the water in the lagoon, and increase the flow by allowing water to enter and leave the lagoon more effectively. The water will also flow further inland, which will help the area adapt to increasing effects of climate change, and the rise in the sea level.

Improvements to the lagoon are only one portion of the first phase of the North Coast Corridor Program (NCC). The program is an interlocking set of projects involving the environment, transportation, and coastal access efforts that will enhance the coast, create a stronger economy, and improve the quality of life for area residents. The lagoon work should be finished by 2021.

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