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San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration

An environmental mitigation project by Southern California Edison is expected to get the San Dieguito Lagoon back in working order. Years of development, erosion and silt deposits have shut down the n

San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration

Tom Fudge:  People passing by the San Dieguito lagoon, just north of Del Mar, on the I-5 or the Coaster, might notice some bulldozers at work. If you think it means they're carving up the lagoon for development, don't worry. In fact, the work crews are doing just the opposite. The construction project, begun last fall, is aimed at expanding the lagoon and restoring its natural functions. The $86 million project is being funded by Southern California Edison as an environmental mitigation project.


  • Steve Schroeter, PhD., ecologist and contract scientist for the Coastal Commission. He is an academic researcher at UC Santa Barbara who's been involved with the environmental issues of the San Dieguito Lagoon nearly 30 years.
  • Samir Tanious, project manager for the San Dieguito Wetland Project. He works for Southern California Edison, which is funding the mitigation project.

End Music:   The Rain Falls and The Sky Shudders by Moby, from the album Songs 1993-1998 (2000)