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Wetlands Restoration Underway at SOL  

Ground Breaking Ceremony 02/24/14

The Fairgrounds long anticipated wetlands restoration at the South Overflow Lot (SOL) got underway last month. Contractors are removing soil from the existing parking lot in order to facilitate hydrology for the restoration and to build an upland sage scrub habitat buffer. The project complies with permits from the California Coastal Commission and is the first of three phases that will also include water quality improvements in the backstretch/stable area.

Pictured above from the left: Tim Fennell, Dustin Fuller, Becky Bartling, Fred Schenk (President 22nd DAA), and David Watson.

Photo © Jacqueline Winterer 02/24/14

Restoration of the South Overflow Lot
  After long and intricate negotiations between The Coastal Commission and the 22nd DAA, a Feb. 24, 2014 ground-breaking ceremony began the restoration of the South Overflow lot. The first phase of the conversion of the parking lot will create tidal marshes and mudflats. A conceptual plan for the complete restoration project is shown below.

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San Dieguito River Watershed

San Dieguito River Watershed.  Courtesy JPA

From the mountains to the sea, the 55-mile-long San Dieguito River originates at Volcan Mountain in the Cleveland National Forest.  From there, it meanders through Lake Sutherland, San Pasqual Valley, Lake Hodges, the Del Dios Gorge and the San Dieguito Lagoon to the river’s mouth in Del Mar.  The river and its major tributaries flow through sensitive natural habitats, including oak/pine woodlands, sage scrub, and coastal wetlands, creating a network of critical wildlife habitats.

Our Mission 


Established in 1986 as a non-profit, and supported by a network of members and affiliates, the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley promotes and supports conservation, restoration, preservation and enhancement of the natural scenic, ecological and open-space resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through advocacy, study, monitoring, and education.



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