Wetland Restoration and Port Development: The Batiquitos Lagoon Case

by Laurel Marcus, California State Coastal, Conservancy, Oakland, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Batiquitos Lagoon in San Diego County, California was once a fully tidal lagoon system. Since American settlement of the area, sediment has filled the lagoon, fills for road crossings constrict water flows and most of the freshwater inflows are diverted for other uses. The California Coastal Conservancy, through its resource enhancement program has brought together a partnership between the mitigation needs of the Port of Los Angeles and the goal of re-establishing tidal influence to enhance the lagoon. The Port needs to re-create shallow subtidal habitat in order to mitigate large proposed landfill projects in the Port. The Conservancy's enhancement plan for Batiquitos Lagoon strikes a balance between creating subtidal mitigation area, preserving the existing wetland values at the lagoon and supplying an adequate tidal prism to maintain an open lagoon channel.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (fresh water) | Ecological restoration | Ports and harbors | Lagoons | Wetlands (coastal) | Sediment | Fills | Highways and roads | Los Angeles | California | United States

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