Without a doubt, San Diego’s main attractions are its unbeatable weather and seemingly endless stretch of beautiful beaches. While neither of these amenities is in danger of disappearing anytime soon, maintaining the current state is of utmost importance. With this in mind, the ever-changing coastline has become a topic of interest for various local and national organizations. Effects of this interest will soon start to take shape with construction projects planned for North County and beyond.
The first construction project taking place will deal with the replacement of the land outfall pipeline in Cardiff. The pipeline, running from the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility, was originally built in 1965 and transfers an average of 10 million gallons of wastewater per day from the surrounding cities of Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Escondido. The project will take four to six months to complete. While the pipeline replacement does not directly deal with the coastline itself, failure to take action could result in environmental and financial disaster for Cardiff State Beach and the San Elijo Lagoon.
As that project will presumably be wrapping up, The City of Encinitas will focus its efforts once again on Cardiff. In July of last year, the city council, along with the California State Parks and California State Coastal Conservancy, proposed a dune system stretching from the South C.S.B. parking lot to the Chart House Restaurant. The dunes will serve as a natural sea level rise to protect Highway 101 from storm damage.
Similar projects are becoming more common throughout the area as rising sea levels present future issues for residents and businesses. Widespread planning began with the approval of the Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance Document in August of 2015. The California Coastal Commission unanimously agreed to the policy in order to ‘prepare a resilient coast for future generations’. Additionally, the San Diego Foundation has begun evaluating sea level risks, vulnerabilities, and adaptation strategies for coastal structures that will potentially be affected by future flooding.
Continuing construction throughout the county provides optimism for coastal real estate and the San Diego coastline in general. Currently, many of the measures are simply a temporary solution to a larger issue. However, residents and businesses occupying the oceanfront properties can breathe easier for the time being.