Major Offsite Mitigation: Batiquitos Lagoon

by Daniel D. Heagerty, CH2M Hill Inc, Portland, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This paper discusses the general characteristics of the Batiquitos Lagoon Enhancement Project near Carlsbad, California, which will provide mitigation for a pipeline project in San Pedro Bay. The project is notable in several respects: (1) the distance from the area being filled to the area selected for mitigation (90 km); (2) the overall size of the mitigation area (200 ha) and the extent of the construction effort required to achieve it; (3) the opportunity for 'banking' habitat credits for future use; and (4) the use of a truly iterative environmental engineering process, which is essential for successful project design. Additionally, the project is challenging in its emphasis on ecological sensitivity combined with large-scale construction efforts.

Subject Headings: Mitigation and remediation | Project management | Lagoons | Oil pipelines | Offshore construction | Ecological restoration | Dredging | California | United States

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