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Caltrans News Release

District 11

February 26, 2018

Contact: Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Caltrans (619) 688-6670

Beach Sand Replenishment Project Begins Next Week in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

SAN DIEGO——Beachgoers may smell a wetland scent emanating from the dredged sand, which is temporary and will assimilate into the marine environment. Water quality and surf breaks will be monitored throughout the operation. Additionally, portions of the beaches will be closed while crews are working in the area to ensure public safety during sand deposit operations.

In later phases of the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration project, crews will replace the sand dredged from the lagoon’s central basin with sediments transferred from the various lagoon channels to improve tidal flow and overall water quality.

The San Elijo Lagoon Restoration is part of Build NCC, the first phase of construction of the North Coast Corridor Program, which was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission in 2014. The restoration project is funded through TransNet, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax.

About the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
San Elijo Lagoon CONSERVANCY is the nonprofit land trust for San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

Its VISION is a world where biodiversity is preserved and people act to conserve nature and embrace it as central to a healthy community. Its MISSION is to protect and restore the resources of the 1000-acre reserve, its watershed, and related ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations.
More information on the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration is available at:

About Build NCC
Build NCC is a collaborative effort between SANDAG, Caltrans, and United States Department of Transportation. The first phase of construction is in the cities of Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Carlsbad as part of the North Coast Corridor Program. Build NCC includes extending the existing carpool lane on I-5 in each direction from Lomas Santa Fe Drive to State Route 78, double tracking the rail line at the San Elijo Lagoon, replacing the highway and rail bridges at the San Elijo Lagoon, restoring the San Elijo Lagoon, and constructing nearly 10 miles of new bike and pedestrian trails. Construction on Build NCC began in early 2017 and will be complete by 2021. To learn more about Build NCC, visit:


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