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Lagoon Day 2014, April 13, 4pm, Powerhouse


Beach Clean-up Party
Come to the Powerhouse at 1 p.m. when the afternoon Lagoon Day activities open with a beach clean-up party sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation. The clean-up begins with a presentation by Julianne Markow, CEO and Executive Director of the New Children’s Museum in San Diego. Her topic for family audiences is “Trash.” Following her presentation participants will clean the beach. Clean up gear and light refreshments will be provided afterwards. See www.delmarfoundation.com for more information.
All are welcome to help us celebrate the Lagoon’s history and happenings!



Del Mar’s legendary Lagoon Committee was established in 1974 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to stop commercial development in the then degraded, non-functioning San Dieguito Lagoon. Their efforts not only halted the development but kick-started the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy which continues to purchase land along the River, creating today’s San Dieguito River Park that begins in Del Mar and reaches east 55-miles to Volcan Mountain near Julian. In 1991, the Coastal Commission chose the lagoon for restoration by Southern California Edison to mitigate for the damage caused by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Thus began the journey to bring the Lagoon back to a functioning estuary; the results are evident, many birds, marine specimens and native plants have returned. The Lagoon continues to make history and this year we are celebrating not only another year but forty years of accomplishment.

Activities will begin at 4:00 PM at the Powerhouse with displays and information from local organizations that support the Lagoon and River Park. At 5:00 PM Steve Schroeter, Ph.D. of UCSB’s SONGS mitigation team will present a Lagoon Restoration update, followed by our main presenter John Hildebrand, Ph.D. of Scripps Institution of Oceanography discussing coastal Dredging Archeology. More information may be found at: www.lagoondaydelmar.com. Light refreshments will be available.


Quick trivia question: contributed by Marc Corcoran
Do you know where the Fleet Airships Pacific Training Unit (FAPTU) was stationed during the Second World War? One hint: its location served as one of the settings for the 1944 MGM movie, “This Man’s Navy.”

The Answer: The FAPTU was stationed at the Del Mar US Naval Air Auxiliary Facility located within the San Dieguito Lagoon from 1941 to 1945.

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While that question was probably far too easy for the many Del Mar residents who are familiar with the Lagoon’s history as a military air field during World War II and later as a small airport that allowed for passengers to be flown roundtrip from Burbank to the Del Mar Race Track for $16.00, what they might want to hear more about is what is happening with the Lagoon today.



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