For those that are familiar with the San Elijo lagoon that is in Encinitas, you were probably saddened to see the bad condition that it had gotten in in recent years. This is all changing now, however, as a $120 million restoration project for the lagoon has now been approved and will be underway.
The project is part of the Build NCC program that the San Diego Association of Government has put together. This association has been bringing a number of improvements to the area and at the particular lagoon; work includes widening, deepening and straightening the channels of the lagoon to improve the flow of water. The lagoon will also be sculpted so to increase the biodiversity that it has. The project is expected to protect the lagoon against future sea level rise that could potentially be the result of climate change.
The project, while expensive, is already underway and it is expected to be finished in early 2021. You will have plenty of time to come to Encinitas to see them working on the lagoon and in the meantime enjoy all the work that the association is doing to improve the area and come back to the lagoon often to see the money at work! To find out more you can go to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy website. Check out the map of the improvement projects. For those interested there is an Open House meeting – Reviving Your Wetlands at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, December 11, 2017, from 6-8 PM.