City of Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear presented the Encinitas Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award to San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Executive Director and Principal Scientist Doug Gibson in October. The fourth annual Environmental Award Program, sponsored by the City of Encinitas Environmental Commission, recognizes local organizations and businesses that have achieved exceptional environmental goals and accomplishments in both nonprofit and for-profit categories. Patagonia in Cardiff received the award in the for-profit business category. 

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is the Southern California land trust for the 1,000-acre San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, working to protect and restore the resources of the lagoon, its watershed, and related ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. “It has been an exciting year for the Conservancy,” Doug said. “We are honored to receive this award highlighting our decades of work, including securing new lands, providing education and experiences for all, and reviving our wetlands and beaches.” For more information go to