The Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement

Current Status

San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) in September 2017. In the FEIR SANDAG staff endorsed the Saltwater Alternative supported by Buena Vista Audubon Society. On November 7th the Carlsbad City Council voted in support of the Saltwater Alternative ahead of the upcoming SANDAG Board of Directors meeting.

BVAS has long advocated the removal of the weir at the mouth of the lagoon and the restoration to a saltwater estuary and marsh. The reasons are numerous: including maximizing habitat for endangered species, maximizing species diversity, providing the estuarine habitat required by numerous marine organisms for portions of their life cycles, improving water quality and flood control, helping control harmful mosquito populations, and providing sand for local beaches.

As the BVAS official comment letter states, coastal saltwater wetlands are among the most endangered habitats in California, with over 90% of their historic acreage lost to development over the last 100 years. It is also important to note that the high cost of a restoration project would most likely be funded through mitigation monies which would only be available for a project that maximized natural habitat values.

See Buena Vista Audubon's comment letter to SANDAG ,a flyer describing why the saltwater alternative is the best alternative, and rebuttals to freshwater alternative claims.

Next Steps

A vote on the alternatives was delayed in November, 2018, at the request of the City of Carlsbad to allow residents to reach a consensus on the project. Residents who opposed the saltwater alternative in the FEIR have proposed a modified saltwater alternative and SANDAG will consider this at a meeting scheduled later in the year. The only alternative that adheres to the goals of the project and is supported by SANDAG staff recommendations is the saltwater one. The original vote scheduled for last November was delayed at the request of the City of Carlsbad. WHAT YOU CAN DO.

Read More about the BV Lagoon Enhancement

Comments on Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Draft EIR

This letter is a response from the Buena Vista Audubon Society (BVAS) to the request for comments on the Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project Draft EIR.

The Chronology of the Lagoon

A summary of important dates, compiled from Department of Fish and Game records in Long Beach and from a proposal for a Buena Vista Lagoon State Park prepared early in 1966 by the Buena Vista Lagoon State Park Committee of Carlsbad and Oceanside, published by the Buena Vista Lagoon Foundation.

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