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Bike and pedestrian path, parking and vehicle charging at Water Campus

Date:  July 5, 2022

The San Elijo Water Campus on Manchester Avenue in Cardiff-by-the-Sea provides public parking, electric vehicle charging, and a 12-foot-wide, paved path for pedestrians and bikes to improve mobility in north coastal San Diego County. 

These improvements complement the $120 million North Coast Corridor program, a Caltrans and SANDAG initiative that includes bikeways, widening of Interstate 5 and a restoration of San Elijo Lagoon, among other improvements.

Bike and pedestrian paths connect Solana Beach and Encinitas and improve access to the San Elijo Lagoon and Nature Reserve. One of the paths runs from Solana Hills Drive in Solana Beach to Birmingham Drive in Encinitas and crosses San Elijo Lagoon by way of a suspension bridge beneath the freeway. Other paths connect to a network of new and existing trails within the lagoon reserve.

One route, on Manchester Avenue, runs between Interstate 5 and the Water Campus, where 31 parking places, six electric vehicle charging stations, drinking fountains, and a small park are open to the public. At the Water Campus, the Manchester Avenue bicycle path continues northward to Birmingham Drive, leading toward the Encinitas Community Park.

Public amenities at the Water Campus were built during a $20.6 million campus improvement program in 2021.

Bike and pedestrian path, parking and vehicle charging at Water Campus

Build North Coast Corridor (NCC) Ribbon Cutting

Date: May 27, 2022

You’re invited! Please join Caltrans and SANDAG on Saturday, June 4, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., for the Build North Coast Corridor (NCC) Ribbon Cutting and Exploration Day – a fun and free celebration for the whole family! 

The event begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. at the new bike and pedestrian suspension bridge. Then, check out the new biking and walking trails, explore the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, test out an e-bike, and enjoy refreshments. But wait – there’s more! Visitors who explore all five information stations will have a chance to win special commemorative giveaways (while supplies last).

About the project

The Build NCC project offers balanced transportation improvements to provide travelers with choices to move around the region. This project provides new Interstate 5 (I-5) Carpool/HOV Lanes, coastal rail, and transit enhancements, walking and biking paths, and environmental restorations. 

Build North Coast Corridor (NCC) Ribbon Cutting

EV Charging Opens at Water Campus

Date: March 14, 2022

Visitors to San Elijo Lagoon can charge their electric vehicles while hiking at the nature reserve. Six new charging stations have opened to the public at the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority Water Campus on Manchester Avenue. Electric vehicle charging went live this month and is one of many new upgrades at the Water Campus.

ChargePoint, Inc., a third-party vendor, maintains the vehicle charging system and handles users’ billing and network connections. At the charging stations, fees are designed to recover the costs of electricity and running the system. A parking fee begins after the third hour of charging.

EV Charging Opens at Water Campus

Solar Photovoltaic System Update

Date: January 10, 2022

SEJPA's solar project team received permit approval in December 2021, and construction is slated to begin in February 2022. The solar system is expected to produce up to one-quarter of the average daily electrical demand for the Water Campus. The project, which includes a combination of rooftop, carport, and ground-mounted solar arrays, has an estimated cost of $2.0 million. The project is funded through a Power Purchase Agreement with REC Solar/Duke Energy, as approved by the Board of Directors in December 2020 .

The full version of the December 2020 Staff Report can be found here

New solar project image

Ribbon-Cutting for Water Campus Improvements

Date: October 19, 2021

On Tuesday October 19, 2021 SEJPA’s Board of Directors, along with General Manager Michael Thornton, cut the ribbon on $20.6 million in community-focused upgrades to the Water Campus on Manchester Avenue, known formally as the Water Campus Improvement Project. Elected leaders from Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and the State of California joined about three-dozen community members to celebrate completion of the two-year construction program. One of its crowning features is a modern, two-story administrative building and learning center.

“It’s an important project that modernizes aging facilities and adds renewable energy while improving public access and increasing walking and biking paths in our coastal cities,” said Chairwoman Kristi Becker.

The campus improvements provide numerous public amenities, including parking for the nearby San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center; pedestrian safety improvements on Manchester Avenue; electric vehicle charging; a small park on Manchester Avenue, and a multi-use bike and pedestrian path built in partnership with Caltrans. The multi-use path connects Manchester Avenue to Birmingham Drive and is set to open in the May 2022.

The project includes a new operation and administration building, facilities for stormwater capture, the permanent preservation of sensitive open space, and the installation of a $2 million solar system to meet up to 25% of the facility’s electrical demand.

The original wastewater facilities on Manchester Avenue opened in the mid-1960s. Over the years, the award-winning facility has evolved into a water campus that treats and recycles wastewater, hosts water research in collaboration with local universities, and provides educational opportunities to schools and colleges. The ribbon cutting event highlighted the partnerships with Caltrans, which contributed $5.4 million for the multi-use path and improvements on Manchester Avenue, and the California Department of Water Resources, which funded $300,000 for stormwater capture and reuse.  In addition, great support also came from the cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach, the County of San Diego and the Nature Collective.

“We always appreciate the outstanding collaboration we get from our neighbors and partners,” said SEJPA General Manager Michael Thornton.

Ribbon-cutting for water campus improvements

Water Campus Improvements Project Update

Date: September 13, 2021

The Water Campus Improvement Project will modernize the existing San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility including the addition of a new Operations and Administration building, improved fire-suppression and security systems, 0.6-megawatt photovoltaic solar power, stormwater capture and reuse, community parking and a regional multi-use (bike and pedestrian) path. True to our mission and values, the new facility will promote sustainable practices and provide water education features for the community.

Construction efforts for September 2021 include the installation of a traffic signal and bike/pedestrian crossing on Manchester Avenue, improvements to reduce stormwater pollution, and paving of the community parking lot. The signal is designed to allow for the safe crossing of bicycles, pedestrians, and vehicles entering Manchester Avenue. Onsite construction is expected to be completed in October 2021. The multi-use path will connect to the NCC Bikeway along the 1-5 freeway, as well as the trail on the south side of Manchester Avenue, providing connectivity to the San Elijo Lagoon and Nature Center. The multi-use path will be available for public use in early 2022 in coordination with other Caltrans’ NCC I-5 trail openings.

Construction progress on the operations and administration building

Water Campus Improvements Project Update

Date: July 12, 2021

The SEJPA Water Campus Improvements project includes a multi-use path with signalized intersection to create a safe Manchester Avenue crossing for bicycles and pedestrians using the North Coast Bike Trail.  This multi-use path will connect to the NCC Bikeway along the 1-5 freeway, as well as the trail on the south side of Manchester Avenue, providing connectivity to the San Elijo Lagoon and Nature Center. Increased traffic control measures and a reduction in vehicle speed (30 MPH) will be implemented, between the Water Campus and Nature Center, beginning on July 14, 2021 to facilitate construction of the roadway improvements. This phase of the intersection work is expected to be substantially complete by August 4th, with an overall final completion in October 2021. The multi-use path will be available for public use in early 2022 in coordination with other Caltrans’ NCC 1-5 trail openings.


Aerial view of the Manchester Avenue with the new Water Campus Building to the north of the intersection

Water Campus Improvements Project Update

Date: June 08, 2021

Construction of the Water Campus Improvements project broke ground in June 2020 and has progressed well during the pandemic, with an estimated completion in October 2021. Site preparation, grading, and underground utility relocations have been completed. The new operations and administration building is nearing completion and work will begin shortly on the planned traffic signal and pedestrian crossing located between the SEJPA Water Campus and San Elijo Nature Center.

The project also includes a segment of the North Coast Bike Trail, and this multi-use path is currently in construction. The multi-use path opening will be coordinated with Caltrans and is expected in early 2022.

More information on the North Coast Bike Trail is available here.

Construction progress on the operations and administration building

Solar Photovoltaic System Update

Date: May 28, 2021

In December 2020, the SEJPA Board of Directors approved a power purchase agreement with REC Solar to implement a solar PV project that will produce approximately 610 kilowatts (kW) of solar power, or approximately 25% of the average daily demand of the Water Campus. The project includes a combination of rooftop, carport, and ground-mounted solar arrays for an estimated capital cost of $2.0 million. The project is currently in the design and permitting phase, with an expected construction start in Fall 2021.

The full version of the December 2020 Staff Report can be found here.

New solar project image

Encinitas Ranch Recycled Water Project Recognized for its Environmental Stewardship

Date: October 05, 2020

The Encinitas Ranch Recycled Water Project is now serving locally produced recycled water to irrigate the community’s shared landscaping, parks, and trails.

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