Los Penasquitos Lagoon Restoration Design and Feasibility Study

Location: San Diego County

Project Type: Restoration Planning

Status: Completed

Cost: $633,320

Area Affected: 23 acres

Assembly District: 78

Senate District: 39

Congressional District: 49

Project Lead/Grantee:
Los Penasquitos Lagoon Foundation

Once a pristine coastal estuary with extensive salt flat and salt marsh, Los Peñasquitos Lagoon has lost over half of its historic habitats as a result of human activities and land-use change.  It is a 574-acre coastal estuary located in coastal north San Diego County, within the City of San Diego.  The Lagoon is a State Marsh Natural Preserve that is part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, which is owned and managed by California State Parks.

This project will develop a Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) based on the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan, and develop a conceptual restoration plan for a 23-acre restoration project where Sorrento Creek enters the Lagoon.  The PEIR will develop a Lagoon-wide plan for actions that are needed to restore wetland functions and increase climate resiliency.  The restoration plan will include project design and initial engineering for the first restoration project from the PEIR to be implemented, and will provide the background information needed to complete environmental review (CEQA/NEPA), which will occur in a future project phase.