Sand restored in San Diego North County

July 26, 2018 by  

The San Elijo Lagoon replenishment effort has been concluded successfully, with approximately 440,000 cubic yards of clean sand dumped onto beaches in Encinitas and Cardiff.

The sand was dug from one single pit at San Elijo Lagoon’s western end, leaving a 40-foot hole. Next, sediment and other matter excavated from the channel of the San Elijo Creek will be used to fill the pit, which will then be topped with beach-quality clean sand.

The work is being carried out under the auspices of a number of local agencies including the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, a non-profit organization.

When the project is finished, which could be as early as Summer 2020, animals and native plants will be restored to the area, the wetlands will revive, a new hiking trail will be in place, and, for the first time in years, tides from the Pacific Ocean will reach east of I-5.

The San Elijo reserve comprises 979 acres, where over 1,000 species of animals and plants live, including some that are endangered or rare. The restoration of the lagoon is occurring simultaneously with adding a carpool lane to I-5, and adding another track to the railroad that runs along the coast, on the section between Oceanside and Solana Beach. Officials say undertaking the projects concurrently makes the entire process more efficient.

Officials overseeing projects like this can use flyer printing to update residents.