This slideshow shows daily monitoring of San Elijo Lagoon's only channel to the Pacific Ocean, which is historically restricted by a railroad and highways. Viewers can watch the slow accumulation of sand and cobble that becomes trapped in this passage, therefore restricting water flow.
Each year in spring, following the last major winter storm, the inlet is mechanically breached to reconnect San Elijo Lagoon to the Pacific Ocean. In 2014 the inlet channel was 80% blocked. Dredging the inlet allows for increased water flow, which means cleaner beaches and improved water quality throughout the wetland. Mosquitoes are also drastically reduced, which is why County of San Diego Vector Control Program funds part of this annual operation.
This film shows the beauty of wetlands and highlights community efforts to save our last great open spaces. We Saved a Place for You is about the newly-named Harbaugh Seaside Trails (formerly Gateway Park). This last coastal overlook, once slated for development yet defeated each time, lies along the historic Pacific Coast Highway 101 between Solana Beach and Cardiff-by-the-Sea in San Diego County, California. Once the land is ultimately acquired, it joins San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.
Contributions are still needed to create "the people's park." If you would like to make a secure online donation, please visit: SanElijo.org/Seaside-Trails or call (760) 436-3944 x 705.
This pro-bono video was produced Fall 2012 by Lyon & Associates Creative Services, Inc. Music was composed and donated by Rob Gironda.
Discover the vibrant plants and animals and adventures that await in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, a 915-acre protected wetland in San Diego's North County. This video from San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy shows the importance of saving irreplaceable habitat for wildlife and community serenity and enjoyment. Produced by Jim Riley 2012.