Restoring the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve with Payómkawichum Ecological Knowledge


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Restoring the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve with Payómkawichum Ecological Knowledge
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Notice of exemption for Coastal Conservancy approval of grant funding. This project will focus on three goals: develop and implement Payómkawichum Ecological Knowledge curriculum, document Indigenous stories, and engage in hands-on restoration efforts with the Indigenous community. While California Audubon will be the grantee for this project, sub-awardees include the San Luis Rey Band, 'ataaxum Pomkwaan (a Native and Indigenous led non-profit that is driven to provide community resources centered around healing and improved mental health for the continued survival of California’s Native and Indigenous peoples), and the Buena Vista Audubon Society. The project will plan and implement restoration activities within the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve that are directly informed by and include local Traditional Ecological Knowledge. The majority of restoration work will involve invasive plant removal and cleanups. Restoration work will also include the planting of native species. The San Luis Rey Band and ‘ataaxum Pomkwaan will play a large role in restoration planning and implementation, and they will also lead the work in supporting relationships between the Indigenous people and the land. This will be facilitated through the development of the Payómkawichum Ecological Knowledge (PEK) 101 Program, which will be created by local Indigenous and Payómkawichum educators who have acquired this knowledge from their ancestors over thousands of years through direct contact with the environment.

Contact Information

Maravilla Clemens
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
NOAA Coastal Management Fellow
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Southern California
Total Acres
Other Location Info
There are two locations for this project: 2202 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054 and directly across the Coast Hwy from this address.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 15304, which applies to minor alterations to land. The project is exempt under 15304 because it will not have a direct or indirect negative effect on the environment since it is comprised of passive surveying and education outreach, hand-pulling weeds, removing trash, and planting native plants.
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