San Dieguito Lagoon W-19 Wetland Restoration Project
The San Dieguito Lagoon will benefit from another major restoration project planned for the eastern end of the lagoon from east of Interstate 5 to El Camino Real. Approximately 160 acres of wetlands were restored in 2012 by Southern California Edison (SCE). In 2004, the JPA purchased additional land in the lagoon area for future restoration that had previously been filled and used as farmland. This area along with other portions of the lagoon will be restored back to wetlands and native uplands by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the City of San Diego.
In November 2018, the JPA approved a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the W-19 Restoration Project as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Currently, the project team is finalizing construction plans and obtaining required permits. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2020 with a planned 2-year construction period.
The W-19 restoration project will supplement recent restoration efforts within San Dieguito Lagoon by establishing wetland habitat within a specific portion of the lagoon system, referred to as W-19. The proposed project encompasses approximately 141 acres of land adjacent to the San Dieguito River and wetland habitats. The W-19 site was originally identified as an area for restoration opportunity by the JPA in the Park Master Plan for the Coastal Area of the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park (Park Master Plan, 2000).
The I-5 North Coast Corridor Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP) identified the site as part of the overall wetland mitigation strategy for infrastructure projects along the I-5 North Coast Corridor within northern San Diego County. Restoration within W-19 is also anticipated to be used as mitigation for the City of San Diego’s El Camino Real Bridge Replacement Project.
The project will establish a system with approximately 50 acres of tidal wetland and 15 acres of brackish wetland, as well as create and/or enhance approximately 5 acres of riparian habitat. Other areas would be established as transitional areas and native uplands. A new connector trail will also be added to link the Dust Devil Nature Trail to the Coast to Crest Trail.
Final EIR Findings of Fact
Final EIR Statement of Overriding Conditions