This is a partial reprint of a CCC flyer describing a technical review workshop for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project.
|Photo from the Calfornia Coastal Commission Flyer,
April 4, 2016.
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A public workshop will be conducted by California Coastal Commission (CCC) staff and contract scientists to present the 2015 results of the CCC monitoring program for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) wetland mitigation project (San Dieguito Wetlands).
The workshop will be held Monday, May 9, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at the City of Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center located at 1658 Coast Boulevard, Del Mar, California
Four mitigation projects are required as conditions of Southern California Edison Company’s (SCE) coastal development permit for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Units 2 and 3 (permit no. 6-81-330A, formerly 183-73), among them is the requirement to create or substantially restore a minimum of 150 acres of wetlands. The CCC originally adopted the conditions in 1991 to mitigate the adverse impacts of the power plant on the marine environment. The 1991 conditions also require SCE to provide the funds necessary for CCC staff’s technical oversight and independent monitoring of the mitigation projects, to be carried out by independent contract scientists under the direction of the Executive Director of the CCC.
Construction of the wetland habitats in San Dieguito Lagoon was completed in 2011 and annual post-construction monitoring to evaluate whether the restoration meets the performance criteria in the SONGS permit began in January 2012. Concurrent monitoring of physical and biological attributes of the San Dieguito Wetland Restoration and wetland reference sites (Mugu Lagoon, Carpinteria Salt Marsh and Tijuana Estuary) is being used to evaluate whether the San Dieguito wetland restoration meets the performance criteria set forth in the SONGS permit. The fourth year of compliance monitoring of the wetland restoration at the San Dieguito Wetlands was completed in 2015.