The City of Encinitas recently accepted a $2 million grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to move forward with the Cardiff Beach Living Shoreline Project and Pedestrian Trail in the spring. The project will both restore the heavily impacted coastal dune habitat and provide a natural sea level rise adaptation by constructing four acres of beach dunes and a dune footpath. The project will also support a scientific monitoring program from Chart House to South Cardiff State Beach along the west side of Coast Highway 101.

An added project feature includes a newly constructed pedestrian trail along the highway to allow space for joggers and walkers, reduce traffic in the bike lane, and improve residents’ connectivity to the beach. In addition, the San Elijo Conservancy and the City of Encinitas will be expanding their environmental education program to include living shorelines and dune education along with local schools. For more information visit www.encinitasca.gov and www.scc.ca.gov/grants.