A true Conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.
– James John Audubon
Program EIR for the updated Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan
A program-level Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared for the updated Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan (Lagoon Enhancement Plan) for compliance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EIR is the first step in environmental review of key project concepts identified in the Lagoon Enhancement Plan and provides preliminary impact analysis, development of impact avoidance strategies, and identification of mitigation measures where impacts cannot be avoided. With certification under CEQA expected by the end of 2020, this EIR will serve as a framework to guide and expedite project-level design and environmental review for large-scale restoration and enhancement of the Lagoon’s native habitats, as well as improvements to public access and vector management.
A Notice of Availability (NOA) and the Draft EIR are currently available for public review and comment for a 45-day period. Please look at the NOA for pertinent information that includes: identification of the Lead Agency, start and end dates of the public comment period, how and where to submit comments, and the date/time for a virtual public meeting to present the EIR and address questions related to the EIR and CEQA process. Once comments are received, a Final EIR will be prepared, completed and certified with the State of California.
- Los Peñasquitos Lagoon is a dedicated State Marsh Natural Preserve, affording it the highest level of protection within California.
- Los Peñasquitos Lagoon is a 565-acre coastal estuary that evolved from a large, depositional river valley with fringing marsh. The Lagoon receives drainage from an approximately 59,212-acre watershed comprised of three primary sub-drainages: Carmel Valley, Los Peñasquitos Canyon and Carroll Canyon.
- Los Peñasquitos Lagoon and its adjacent uplands are home to at least 48 sensitive species that include 35 plants, 1 insect, 5 reptiles, and 7 birds.
- Los Peñasquitos Lagoon also serves as an important refuge for migratory birds using the Pacific Flyway and is the closest coastal estuary providing essential fish habitat to support the La Jolla State Marine Conservation Area (ASBS #29) and San Diego-Scripps State Marine Conservation Area (ASBS #31) located just south of the Lagoon.