Knox introduced his former neighbor of 10 years, Lisa Rodman, who is the Executive Director of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation (AHLF). She’s held this position for 4 years. Lisa has 30 years of business development experience, raising funds, building relationships, and developing markets in various settings. She holds a BA in Communications from Cal State San Marcos. A Carlsbad resident since 1983, Lisa also serves as a Carlsbad Unified School district School board trustee; a board member and past president of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary 2013/14. As the Executive Director, Lisa enjoys fundraising.
There are 10 businesses that support the foundation and they just completed their major fundraiser of the year.The primary focus of the foundation is to inspire through education. The AHLF’sEnvironmental Stewardship Program is an innovative and cooperative program between north county schools and the AHLF. Its mission is to awaken in children (primarily 3rd graders) the need to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The program provides hands-on classes that stress responsible interaction with our natural surroundings, and creates awareness of the environmental impact of day-to-day human activities.In addition,the students share with and teach this to their families.
The on-site Discovery Center is always evolving and presenting something new to discover. Thanks to a $25,000.00 grant from SDGE the newest addition to the location is a carport with solar panels that are energy neutral. What a wonderful win for the environment to produce as much energy as you consume! They have placed their Caffe’ Vacanza under the panels for all to enjoy.
Agua Hedionda Lagoon(AHL) is the middle lagoon(Batiquitos and Buena Vista are the other two), and is often forgot about but it’s the only one of the threethat you can actually use. It’s very important to maintain clean water. Thanks to a $7 million dollar grant, during a five year period they eradicated a destructive plant, 1×1 foot area at a time. If this was not done the killer algae would eventually make its way to the Pacific Ocean and have a very negative effect on our local tourism. Our local economy owes AHLF a huge thank you!
A few dates to remember:
Every Wednesday they host composting classes
August is Member appreciation month – hubs research opens to members, 10% off Cal water sports and gift shop
August 9th – Bird Walk
September 5th – Mussels and Oysters served
3rd Saturday in October – Trick or Treat and meet creatures along the way
October – Bats Hatch
March – August – Home to Cliff Swallow – more migrate here than at San Juan Capistrano
Lisa announced at the beginning of her presentation that she would reveal a secret about AHL and there would be a quiz and prize at the end. It turns out a benefit of taking notes is I had the answer and walked away with a $10 gift certificate to Caffe’ Vacanza! The answer: AHL is the only lagoon of the three that you can actually use. Thank you Lisa!!!
Joe tried to get clarification on where you can fish from a Kayak on the lagoon. He did just acquire a Hobie Cat kayak at the Golf Tournament. It was all very confusing and I think the final answer was that you can’t legally fish from a kayak on the lagoon. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Lisa said the powers who be are trying to better define this issue!
Further details about the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and the Foundation can be found on the internet at: Lagoon.aguahedionda.org