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San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is conducting environmental scoping as the first step in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process for the Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project. The Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement Project includes completing engineering studies and preparing an EIR per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A minimum of four alternatives will be evaluated: three enhancement alternatives (freshwater, saltwater, and a saltwater/ freshwater hybrid regime) and a no project alternative. SANDAG is engaging stakeholders and the public in considering alternatives through the EIR process that will run through fall 2014. If the process results in the selection of a preferred enhancement alternative, then SANDAG may lead the implementation of that alternative.

Buena Vista Lagoon, looking east.
As part of environmental scoping, SANDAG has published a Notice of Preparation and is conducting a 30-day public comment period. At the public meeting scheduled for May 9th, the SANDAG project team will provide information about the project and EIR process, and will solicit input on the types of environmental issues, mitigation, and alternatives to address in the EIR. A short project presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Buena Vista Lagoon is located in northern San Diego County, within the cities of Oceanside and Carlsbad. It encompasses approximately 220 acres, extending to the coastline from just east of Interstate 5. Buena Vista Lagoon is a freshwater lagoon in Southern California, protected from tidal influence by a beach berm and a manmade barrier known as a weir, located at the lagoon mouth. The State of California designated Buena Vista Lagoon its first Ecological Reserve in November 1968. The cities of Oceanside and Carlsbad have also included lagoon preservation in their subarea plans under the San Diego County Multiple Habitat Conservation Plan.

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To learn more about the project, visit or contact SANDAG Project manager Keith Greer by e-mail at