Friends of the San Dieguito
River Valley
Seeking New Board Members for FSDRV
Click here for info


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.

click here for a map of the San Dieguito River Watershed

Update On The Polo Fields
posted January 22, 2017

On December 16, Judge Pollock dismissed our request for a Temporary Injunction to stop Surf Cup LLC abusing the Polo Fields until our suit comes to trial.  See our Memorandum on Points and Authorities (here).  The Judge’s opinion is set out in his Minute Order (here).  He also sets a provisional trial date of July 10, 9 AM.  In view of the thousands of pages of material the City is providing  under the California Public Records Act,  and which then our attorneys need to review, this is an aggressive schedule.

2016-11-28 - Memo P&A Preliminary Injunction
2016-12-16 - Minute Order Denying PI
We Get Questions!
"What gives" with the Coast to Crest Trail?
posted 27 October, 2016

"It took years and many dollars for the coast to crest trail to be developed along the lagoon and heading east towards San Dieguito road. My husband and I enjoyed this trail on our bikes and now they've dug it up. What gives?"

The trail is still there; only the entrance has been moved! The western entrance to the Coast to Crest Trail on Jimmy Durante Blvd. has been moved north to allow for restoration of wetlands on the Fairgrounds former South Overflow (parking) Lot.  The temporary new entrance to the Trail is about 1/3 mile to the north on the same side of the road, past Gate 3, and is marked by red and blue flags.  A new permanent entrance will be located at approximately this same temporary location to allow for adequate tidal flow in the restored wetlands. It was determined that the original first leg of the trail, including the 120-foot boardwalk, impeded the necessary water flow for wetlands. 
Although almost half of the wooden boardwalk will be retained with a viewing platform at the end there will be no access from the new platform east to the Trail.  Both entrances are expected to reopen next March, one for the Boardwalk viewing platform and a second for the 50 mile (bird flight) Coast to Crest Trail.

Family runs into trail closure.
Closure signs.
Temporary entrance to trail from Jimmy Durante across from the Arena.
On the trail looking up the temporary entrance to the arena.
On Jimmy Durante Blvd. looking down the temporary
entrance to the trail.
Seeking New Board Members for FSDRV
posted 1 March 2016

The Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley is looking for volunteers to help us in our mission.  A public announcement is just below. For more information about what we are and what we do, see “About Us" and “Contact" at the top of the page, as well as “current issues”  and “why protect the river valley” in the side panel.

Click here for
press release

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.


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