Batiquitos Lagoon Drowning In Muck

by The Editors on February 29, 2008

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Barbara Henry writes in the North County Times:

Day by day, a bit more muck and sand slides into Batiquitos Lagoon.

To the east, San Marcos Creek pushes mud in. To the west, ocean waves shove piles of sand toward the lagoon’s mouth. And, from all sides, murky rainwater pours in during storms.

Biologists who study the south Carlsbad lagoon and nature lovers who run the lagoon protection group say they’re worried about how quickly the sand and muck pile is accumulating, and whether that means a massive dredging operation will soon be required.

Earlier this month, the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation won a nearly $75,000 grant from Carlsbad to study the topic.

“Right now, we don’t really know how bad the situation is,” said Keith Merkel, one of the owners of a consulting company that has been doing bird and fish research at the lagoon.

Planning to make a plan. Ah, government.

[Link: North County Times]

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