Additional wetlands restoration underway

The second phase of the W-19 Restoration Project has begun, adding 60 acres of new wetlands to the 160-acre San Dieguito Lagoon and wetlands restoration that started in 2012. The restoration is converting former agricultural fields to saltwater wetlands and, according to SANDAG, a partner agency with Caltrans and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority (JPA) will “enhance and maintain the natural flood control channel.” The project will include the planting of native species, maintenance of adjoining wetlands, and relocation of utility poles into an existing utility corridor.

–  Click on map to enlarge.

Preserve and protect the river valley

How you can help

The Friends’ Board of Directors has several openings. We are a 501(c)(4) organization that promotes and supports conservation, restoration, preservation, and enhancement of the natural scenic, ecological, and open-space resources of the San Dieguito River Valley. We achieve this through advocacy, study, monitoring, and education. Unlike our affiliates, the Friends’ 501(c)(4) status allows us to engage in political and lobbying activity.

The River Valley needs you. Send us an email if you would like to join the FSDRV.

River Path Del Mar

Coming soon, the missing half-mile link

A draft environmental study for extending River Path Del Mar beyond the Grand Avenue Overlook finds the project will not have a significant impact on the lagoon environment with only minor mitigation measures needed. The City of Del Mar may soon approve the study and begin plans to extend the existing trail southeast along the southern side of San Dieguito Drive for half a mile to the Crest Canyon Trailhead. This link will provide a continuous trail through Crest Canyon, across Del Mar Heights Road, through the Torrey Pines Extension, Carmel Valley Road, and across Torrey Pines Reserve to the Pacific Ocean. A remarkable link, made up of a single, five-foot-wide decomposed granite path and a six-foot-wide boardwalk path along the lagoon, completes the loop around Del Mar’s perimeter as envisioned in their 1976 Community Plan. “The project will enhance access to outdoor recreation opportunities such as walking, bicycling, bird watching, and photography,” according to the City. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2023.

El Camino Real bridge

Widening project to start in late 2022

Artist’s rendering of the new bridge and river trail beneath.

The El Camino Real and Bridge Widening Project will begin later this summer, 17 years after it was first proposed by the City of San Diego. Hikers, bicyclists, and riders will finally be able to follow a continuous trail along the northern shore of the San Dieguito River and safely pass under a new, wider bridge at El Camino Real. The project will include restoration of the currently eroded trail just west of El Camino Real. 

Community groups asked for changes in the original plan which included widening Via de la Valle, raised 24-foot-wide concrete medians, turnouts, and traffic signals. The new design changes all that and incorporates the communities’ recommendation to underground utility poles on the south side of Via de la Valle. The changes were made in an effort to retain the river valley’s pastoral character while raising the bridge above the 100-year flood plain level and implementing bike lanes, equestrian trails, and a crossing on the River Park’s multi-use trail.