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
then SANDAG may lead
the implementation of that
As part of environmental
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, looking east.
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.