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Lagoon Flush
Betty Wheeler | Seaview Avenue

Courtesy City of Del Mar

Heavy equipment dredged the San Dieguito River inlet in November to restore tidal flushing to the San Dieguito Lagoon. This work produced 16,000 cubic yards of sand, which was placed on Del Mar’s beach south of the river mouth. This tidal flushing is critical to wetlands ecology, and to support the $90 million San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project completed in Nov. 2011 as mitigation for the negative impacts on marine life caused by San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s ocean water cooling system. The dredging was paid for by Southern California Edison and SDG&E as as part of the SONGS mitigation agreement.
In furtherance of its beach nourishment goals, at its Nov. 18 meeting, the City Council approved a $150,000 grant application to the California Division of Boating and Waterways for sand replenishment. If approved, the funds would likely be available in Fall 2021.



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