The San Dieguito Lagoon, a wetland of vital importance to the region's ecology, and a major environmental and scenic resource for Del Mar residents, is currently undergoing a major restoration project that will restore the lagoon's aquatic functions and restore habitat, as well as improve public access.

This restoration is being conducted and paid for (at an approx. project cost of $86 million) by Southern California Edison, and its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) partners, as an off-site mitigation project to satisfy the conditions of the California Coastal Commission for the construction and operation of SONGS.

Since 2004, the Foundation has managed a Lagoon Enhancement Endowment for the San Dieguito River Valley Joint Powers Authority (theSDRV-JPA). The purpose of this fund is to provide maintenance funds for the lagoon in the future, when Southern California Edison's responsibility for the performance and maintenance of the restored wetland ends (anticipated in 2050), and maintenance of the lagoon becomes the responsibility for maintenance becomes the responsibility of the SDRV- JPA.

The lagoon endowment was initiated in 2004 with a contribution of $500,000 from the JPA (funded by SCE and partners), and had $661,000 in assets as of 12/31/06. The Foundation's Invesetment Advisory Committee oversees the management of the lagoon endowment funds.


Information on the San Dieguito Lagoon restoration project can be found at these sites:

The Foundation has also supported lagoon-related educational projects and activities through its grant-making, bus tours to inform the public about the current restoration project; a brochure on "Birds of the San Dieguito Lagoon" produced by the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley, and science "field trips" for third-graders in local elementary schools. The two posters on this page were created as part of this grant-supported activity. The poster was painted by Douglas B., and the poem was written by Katerina M., both of Del Mar Hills Academy of Arts and Sciences.