San Dieguito Lagoon “Opportunity Parcels” Restoration Feasibility Studies
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy retained WRA to develop a feasibility analysis of completing restoration on three coastal parcels within the San Dieguito Lagoon. Project goals included fish nursery enhancement, sea-level rise adaptation, and water quality improvements within the estuary.
WRA led an interdisciplinary team of biologists, designers, engineers, and permitting specialists to complete the conceptual designs of varying complexity, preliminary construction costs, and permitting opportunities and constraints for each. Additionally, WRA developed an ecological functional uplift model to assess each design relative to the goals of the target grant-making entity.
WRA’s team developed preliminary conceptual designs that minimized regulatory timelines and provided pathways to grant funding opportunities for future project phases. As a result, WRA delivered a holistic decision-making framework that the Conservancy can use as a “menu” to solicit the next phases of grant funding.
The Conservancy is currently using the study to provide technical and feasibility support to pursue large state coastal restoration grants.
Southern California Natural Resources Director
Conservation Project Manager
Ingrid Morken, PLA, CERP, SITES AP
Senior Landscape Architect