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Del Mar Coastal Salt Marsh Habitat Restoration Project Underway

Released: September 22, 2016

News photo DEL MAR, Ca. ( September 22, 2016).- The Del Mar Fairgrounds (22nd District Agricultural Association) has begun to implement the nearly $2.25 million Del Mar Restoration South Overflow Lot Phase 2 Project. This restoration of 9.51 acres of coastal salt marsh habitat and 1.67 acres of upland habitat is in compliance with permits from the California Coastal Commission (CCC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB).

The Restoration Project is located just south of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and north of the San Dieguito River in Del Mar and is the culmination of years of coordination with the agencies mentioned above as well as the San Dieguito River Park JPA. The project mostly will involve soil removal from an existing parking lot to facilitate appropriate hydrology for wetland restoration and as well, movement of material for restoration of the upland habitat or buffer area.

Within the project is the extension of the existing Coast to Crest Trail to Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar. During construction, the existing boardwalk portion of the trail will be detoured. The estimated completion of this construction portion of the project is March 2017. Once complete, the boardwalk will no longer extend through the site, the middle portion of the boardwalk will be removed as directed by the California Coastal Commission. Viewing platforms will be provided at the end of the both remaining sections of the boardwalk.

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces three events each year: the San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show and The Scream Zone. The Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horse racing meet each summer and fall, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com.

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
(858) 755-2573
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