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Old 04-04-2009, 08:22 PM   #1
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Bird-watchers flock to lagoon
By Tanya Mannes (Contact) Union-Tribune Staff Writer
Originally published 2:00 a.m. April 1, 2009, updated 6:43 a.m., April 1, 2009

Bird-watchers flock to lagoon
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DEL MAR — In the thick of bird migration season, bird-watchers are descending on a newly restored lagoon in the San Dieguito River Valley to see elegant ospreys, sandpipers and other species.

An $86 million wetlands restoration that began in 2005 has transformed the lagoon near the Del Mar Fairgrounds into a thriving rest spot for birds.
The restoration used man-made berms and slopes to create a functional lagoon with tidal flows within a 150-acre swath of a 440-acre area extending from the beach in Del Mar to El Camino Real about two miles inland.
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Scientists assigned to monitor the lagoon by the California Coastal Commission have identified 159 species of birds, more than double the number counted when the wetlands project began.

“What we're going to be seeing is an exponential increase in bird-watching in the San Dieguito River Valley,” said Andy Mauro, president of the San Diego Field Ornithologists and a member of the Buena Vista Audubon Society in Oceanside.
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"The restoration project is funded by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. The power companies are required to pay for lagoon restoration and maintenance to compensate for environmental damage caused by the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station." Best use of compensatory damages I've ever seen.
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