Publications and Videos

Regional Beach Nourishment Impacts on Inlet Maintenance (2016)

Restoring tidal circulation within Los Peñasquitos Lagoon in 2016 required six separate efforts to mechanically remove over 75,000 cubic yards (cy) of sand from the Lagoon’s inlet and Torrey Pines State Beach.  This was a record-setting year as typical efforts require only one mechanical opening to remove just under 35,000 cy on average to keep the inlet open throughout the summer and fall months.  Numerous lines of evidence link regional beach nourishment conducted in 2012 as part of the Regional Beach Sand Project II (RBSP II) as the key driver for this additional volume of sand blocking tidal exchange.  Over 300,000 cy of sand was placed on the beaches in Solana Beach and Cardiff as part of the RBSP II to protect coastal infrastructure and promote tourism by converting cobble-dominant beaches to sandy beaches.  While some of this sand is moved offshore during winter months, it eventually moves southward as a function of  wave activity and the longshore current that dominates sand transport from Oceanside to the sub-marine canyons located off of Scripps (termed the Oceanside Littoral Cell).  Failure to mitigate impacts to our coastal estuaries caused by artificially increased volumes of sand on our beaches threatens these valuable and rare coastal ecosystems that depend on tidal exchange to protect and preserve native species and and public safety from brain encephalitis, such as West Nile virus, spread to human hosts by freshwater mosquitos who populations explode during prolonged inlet closures.

Los Peñasquitos Lagoon and its Watershed

Annual Biology Reports

Annual Inlet Maintenance Reports

Updating the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan.

1. Public Workshop 1 (October 20, 2012)

2. Public Workshop 2 (November 14, 2012)

3. Public Workshop 3 (January 19, 2013)

4. Public Workshop 4 (February 9, 2013)

5. Public Workshop 5 (March 16, 2013)

6. Public Workshop 6 (April 20, 2013)

7. Draft Lagoon Enhancement Plan (2016)

8. Final Los Peñasquitos Lagoon Enhancement Plan (2018) and Appendices

Links to other publications of about Los Peñasquitos Lagoon.