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San Dieguito Lagoon Wetland Restoration

Del Mar, CA

Client: 22nd District Agricultural Association

Project Partner: Marathon Construction


Acre Wetland


Year Maintenance Plan

Project Summary:

Great Ecology is executing a coastal habitat restoration of a former overflow parking previously used by the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA. The 11-acre site was restored to a viable salt marsh and upland habitat as part of the San Dieguito Lagoon along the Coast to Crest park trail system. Our restoration plan included development of solutions to improve the quality of highly saline soils prior to plant installation to ensure better plant establishment. Great Ecology was also responsible for construction administration tasks including review of seed collection locations, reference site identification, review of construction submittals, organizing RFI’s, and installation oversight. We are currently performing a 5-year maintenance and monitoring plan to ensure successful restoration of this sensitive habitat.

The Coast to Crest Trail

Running over 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the 5,850ft high peak of Volcan Mountain, the Coast to Crest Trail takes hikers through a selection of San Diego County's wetlands, chaparral, meadows, and forests.
Beginning on the western edge of the San Dieguito Lagoon, the Trail runs for nearly five miles through the Lagoon's wetland and upland habitats, directly along Great Ecology's restoration site.

From Parking Lot to Wetland

San Dieguito Lagoon Wetland Restoration