Del Mar San Dieguito Lagoon Committee celebrates 41 years with April 19 event

The Del Mar San Dieguito Lagoon Committee celebrates 41 years of continuous vigilance in restoring and preserving the San Dieguito Lagoon with a special event on April 19.

The Lagoon Committee was established by the city of Del Mar in 1974 by a group of concerned citizens who recognized that the time to prevent the lagoon from being more developed would soon be upon them. Their efforts and those that followed have helped in restoring the remaining wetlands to the healthy state seen today.

As mitigation for the damage caused by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Southern California Edison and their partners, directed by the Coastal Commission, began the journey to bring the lagoon back to a functioning estuary. Many birds, marine specimens and native plants have returned. But it is still a work in progress.

Lagoon Day activities will begin with a 10 a.m. interpretive hike of the lagoon on the Boardwalk Trail (east side of Jimmy Durante Boulevard, across from the fire station). Activities will resume at 5 p.m. at the Powerhouse, with an opportunity to learn about the recreational, educational and volunteer opportunities available at the lagoon and river park from the organizations that support these natural resources.

It will also be an opportunity to learn about the lagoon’s history and the ongoing efforts to increase the public’s enjoyment, including an update on the new River Path Trail Extension. At 6 p.m., a formal presentation begins with recognition of those instrumental in restoring the lagoon, followed by featured speaker Jacqueline Winterer, presenting historical sites along the lagoon’s left bank. Light refreshments will be served.

There is no charge for the event. The Del Mar Powerhouse is at 1658 Coast Blvd. in Del Mar.

All are welcome to help celebrate Lagoon Day 2015! Visit