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.
The 18-member SANDAG Board of Directors will meet sometime soon to consider the recommendations of the Final EIR and to vote on one of the alternatives. A public hearing originally planned for January has been postponed until March. BVAS hopes that the SANDAG Board supports the recommendations of their staff and will vote for the saltwater alternative and certify the Final EIR.
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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