We are so blessed to have the lagoons, like the San Elijo Lagoon in Cardiff, along the Southern California coast, and for the work that has been done to rescue them from deterioration and destruction and to preserve them for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Most of California's coastal wetlands are gone forever due to roads and other construction, so we are fortunate to have the ones in our area that have been preserved.
The San Elijo Lagoon is an estuary (where fresh water creeks meet salt water from the ocean), located at the south end of Cardiff and bordering Solana Beach. This lagoon is different from its Carlsbad neighbors in terms of how it is formed and its size, but is beautiful in its own right, with a wealth of birds (sea and land), other wildlife, and a multitude of flowers and plants.
The 5525 SF 2-story San Elijo Visitors Center was just completed and open to the public at the end of January, and is a remarkable place to visit. Affording wonderful views of the lagoon and marsh areas, the building is both a testament to education and conservancy, and to environmental sensitivity.
The town, the architects, and the builder are to be commended for this attractive facility with large windows allowing wonderful views of the lagoon preserve, and which incorporates so many "green" features, along with water conserving and energy efficient components.
GREEN FEATURES (with a LEED "gold" rating) include: high recycled content materials for building (decorative glass, plastics, steel, rebar), exhibit facings and signage made from recycled plastic bottles, "plyboo" (made from bamboo) cabinetry, low and No VOC paints, materials and sealers, building insulation made from recycled denim (just think of those old jeans!).
ENERGY EFFICIENT FEATURES include a radiant heat system in the floor, sola-tubes for lighting, low-E windows and doors, a Cool Roof (light colored) reduces heat gain, high efficiency lighting, solar panels (52% of the building's energy) and the positioning of the building to take advantage of day light and heat.
WATER CONSERVATION INCLUDES recycled water for irrigation and toilets, drought tolerant plants and landscaping, and water saving faucets and dual control toilets.
The San Eljio Lagoon Visitors Center...a beautiful lagoon, a dramatic center of education and preservation, and testament to the environment and energy efficiency.
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