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CA - Oceanside Advances Plans for Loma Alta Wetlands Project

OCEANSIDE — With more than $500,000 in combined state and federal funding and the conceptual restoration planning for the Loma Alta Wetlands Enhancement Project complete, the project is one step closer to coming to fruition.

The Loma Alta Wetlands Enhancement Project is intended to restore approximately six acres of coastal wetland and upland habitat near Buccaneer Beach in South Oceanside.

The project will include more than 1,500 feet of new natural trails with educational signage and connections to nearby city facilities, as well as improvements to the wetland water quality, storm flow protection and wildlife habitat expansion.

According to Project Manager Justin Gamble, the “conceptual restoration planning is complete,” including a feasibility study and technical surveys needed to conduct preliminary engineering.

Since 2019, the city has held three public workshops for residents to provide their input on the project’s conceptual design.

“The community helped identify the restoration goals and directly played a part in selecting the conceptual design features,” Gamble said via email. “For example, in our January 2020 workshop, we used an interactive format where attendees worked in groups to identify project phases, preferred trail alignments and wetland restoration features.”

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