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October 5, 1986 | ANNE OMSTEAD, Anne Omstead is president of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation and a member of the newly installed Encinitas City Council
Batiquitos Lagoon is dying. Instead of the natural cycle of gradual filling-in that a coastal lagoon should follow, this large, lovely lagoon in northern San Diego County is rapidly drying up. This is due to man's intervention by building roads and railroads across the lagoon, thus restricting ocean access, and through poor grading practices and upstream development. These things have grossly increased sedimentation problems for the lagoon and hastened its extinction.
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November 19, 2000 | JOHN McKINNEY
A snowy egret wading through the shallows, a snowy plover foraging on the muddy flats, a red-winged blackbird flitting among the cattails, soft sunlight wrapping the lagoon in a tranquil embrace. No wonder local painters find inspiration at Batiquitos Lagoon near Leucadia. Such quiet beauty is a short hike from the trail head, so perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised to find a half-dozen artists stationed by their easels along the shore of the lagoon.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1991 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A developer of a Carlsbad resort overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon earlier this month illegally blocked the water outflow from the lagoon only days after sewer officials had unplugged it, but officials are unsure whether the offending developer will be punished.
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July 25, 1997 | JANE SPILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you could step back 100 years to early California, rivers would flow freely into saltwater marshes like Ballona Creek Marsh and others that once ran from Newport Bay to where the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles lie today. The wetland habitat of mud and sand and saltwater, fed by the ebb and flow of the tides, would be teeming with waterfowl and fish. On a recent spring morning in the bay of San Quintin in Baja California, you might think you had taken that step back in time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1986 | JANNY SCOTT and JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writers
The battle between environmentalists and developers over the revitalization of Carlsbad's Batiquitos Lagoon appeared at an end Friday as state officials announced a tentative agreement on the details of the lagoon's $15-million face lift. The plan, announced by the state Coastal Conservancy, would involve extensive dredging and restructuring of the long-abused lagoon to provide about 220 acres of deep water and 165 acres of tidal mud flats. The plan also retains most of the existing marshland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1987 | HILLIARD HARPER, Times Staff Writer
Life-giving seawater surges once more through the mouth of Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad as part of a project designed to restore the ecology of the dying body of water. On Friday, consultants working with the City of Carlsbad and the Port of Los Angeles bulldozed the 596-acre lagoon's mouth open in order to study water currents and circulation as tides naturally flush it twice daily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1989 | GENE YASUDA, Times Staff Writer
Carlsbad community support, once strong for plans to develop a graduate university and residential area atop the bluffs of scenic Batiquitos Lagoon, is waning fast as its developer struggles to get the troubled project under way.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1986 | NANCY RAY, Times Staff Writer
A last-minute proposal to develop a freshwater pond for migrating waterfowl at Batiquitos Lagoon blocked an expected agreement Tuesday on a $15-million project to restore the lagoon. Larry Clemens, spokesman for Texas oil billionaires W. Herbert and Nelson Bunker Hunt, who own a large portion of the lagoon and property surrounding it, said the proposal threatened the tentative agreement reached by landowners, governmental agencies and environmentalists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1987 | ERIC BAILEY, Times Staff Writer
After more than five years of haggling, the Carlsbad City Council has given its blessing to a massive resort and housing project planned for the northern side of the scenic Batiquitos Lagoon by the billionaire Hunt brothers of Dallas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1987 | SHERYL STOLBERG, Times Staff Writer
This afternoon, on the shores of Batiquitos Lagoon, officials from six agencies will sign a pact allowing the Port of Los Angeles to "restore" 390 acres of shallow wetlands, home to the endangered California least tern and other rare birds. The restoration is a so-called mitigation project, intended to compensate for the destruction of marine habitat when the port builds a landfill in San Pedro Bay. The restoration project, however, is still in its preliminary stages.
NEWS
June 29, 1997 | JANE SPILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you could step back 100 years to early California, rivers would flow freely into saltwater marshes like the ones that once ran from Newport Bay to where the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles lie today. The wetland habitat of mud and sand and saltwater, fed by the ebbing and flowing of the tides, would be teeming with waterfowl. On a spring morning in the bay of San Quintin in Baja California, you might think you had taken that step back in time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1992 | CAROL MASCIOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Researchers who have tested everything from America's Cup yachts to waterlogged rocket modules are trying everything on the fake Batiquitos Lagoon they built to figure out how to unclog the real one. For three weeks, engineers in landlocked Escondido have watched artificial waves lap at their 55-by-90-foot replica's concrete shore, hoping to find ways to deflect the rocks that gather at the Carlsbad wetland's mouth and block ocean tides from flushing them out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1992
The Port of Los Angeles approved final design work to start an ambitious wetlands restoration project at Batiquitos Lagoon near Carlsbad. Officials from the port joined Mayor Bud Lewis and other city officials at a news conference Wednesday announcing approval of the project, which has an estimated cost of $45 million. Construction may begin in 1994, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Step aside, Sierra Club and Audubon Society, the restoration of pristine Batiquitos Lagoon is marching on. Despite dogged efforts by those environmental groups to prevent any intrusions upon the 600-acre lagoon, considered one of the last unspoiled wetlands in Southern California, Carlsbad city officials said they will proceed with final design work on the $45-million Batiquitos Lagoon Enhancement Project. Construction is expected to begin by 1994.
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May 27, 1992 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Vista Superior Court judge swept aside a lawsuit by two environmental organizations Tuesday, opening the way for a controversial plan to dredge the sensitive Batiquitos Lagoon. In a ruling by telephone, Judge Thomas R. Murphy ruled against the Sierra Club and the local chapter of the Audubon Society in their bid to block the dredging of the 2 1/2-mile-long, half-mile-wide strip of environmentally sensitive wetlands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1992 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Vista Superior Court judge will rule next week on a lawsuit that has blocked the eight-year struggle to renovate Batiquitos Lagoon, he announced Friday after several hours of legal arguments. Attorneys for the California Coastal Commission, the city of Carlsbad and the Port of Los Angeles argued against a representative of the Sierra Club and the local chapter of the Audubon Society over how best to enhance the 2 1/2-mile long, half-mile wide stretch of wetland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1989 | AMY WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday approved plans for a 10,000-ton artificial reef near Carlsbad, and state officials said they expect to begin construction later this month. The quarry rock reef, to be located about half a mile offshore near the mouth of Batiquitos Lagoon, will be the sixth artificial underwater habitat built by the California Department of Fish and Game since 1980.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1992 | CAROL MASCIOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Researchers who have tested everything from America's Cup yachts to waterlogged rocket modules are trying everything on the fake Batiquitos Lagoon they built to figure out how to unclog the real one. For three weeks, engineers in landlocked Escondido have watched artificial waves lap at their 55-by-90-foot replica's concrete shore, hoping to find ways to deflect the rocks that gather at the Carlsbad wetland's mouth and block ocean tides from flushing them out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992 | TIM MAYER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Carlsbad developer that illegally dumped rocks into Batiquitos Lagoon to stop water from draining out--a move critics charge was made to ensure that homeowners and prospective home buyers would have a scenic view--must remove the rocks. The California Coastal Commission on Tuesday approved a permit for Hillman Properties, developer of the 1,000-acre Aviara residential resort community, to remove hundreds of tons of rocks Hillman dumped in March, 1991.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1992 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Environmental groups have offered to settle their lawsuit against the $30-million Batiquitos Lagoon restoration project if government officials agree to reduce the massive dredging that is planned. However, it appeared Wednesday that officials would probably reject the Sierra Club and Audubon Society's offer to settle out of court and avoid a trial that could delay work at the endangered 600-acre lagoon in Carlsbad. Federal, state and local agencies believe that dredging 2.2 million to 3.
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