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College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project

proposed college lake projectAerial view of College Lake looking east College Lake is a naturally occurring lake located approximately 1 mile northeast of the City of Watsonville that naturally holds about 1,000 acre-feet of water. Each spring, Reclamation District #2049 drains the lake to accommodate farming by pumping the water downstream into Salsipuedes Creek. The water ultimately flows into Monterey Bay, mixing with ocean water.

The proposed College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project would develop facilities to use the lake water as an alternative to groundwater for agricultural irrigation. To do this, the proposed project would increase the storage capacity of the lake to approximately 1,700 acre-feet. On average, the Project will supply approximately 1,800 to 2,300 acre-feet per year of water to growers in the Pajaro Valley.

Hydrologic modeling has shown that the most effective way to stop seawater intrusion and balance our overdrafted basin is to reduce groundwater pumping in the coastal area. This project helps to achieve this goal.

To learn about the Water Right Application #A032881 for College Lake Project submitted by PV Water click here. The PV Water Notice, Draft Application, Revised Application, and the College Lake Project Place of Use Map is the last page of the application.

Event / Meeting


Materials / Presentations

 Basin Management Plan Update 2014, Final Programmatic EIR and Resolution August 2014

Basin Management Plan Update 2014

Integrated EIR for BMP Update 2014 (112 Mb)

Resolution 2014-04

College Lake Community Meeting

September 29, 2016

Postcard Invitation

Meeting Agenda

Presentation 1: Basin Management Update - Lockwood (6 MB)

Presentation 2: Hydrologic Monitoring Update - Barker (7 MB)

Presentation 3: Waterfowl- Kittleson (3 MB)

College Lake Open House and Community Meeting

Open House Picture  Before Presentation Begins

Open House Presentaion Picture

July 10, 2017




Landowner Letter


College Lake Draft Map

Open House Handout

Board of Directors Meeting

Item 10B, Board directs GM to file and pursue water-right application for proposed College Lake Project.

Item 10C, Board directs staff and consultants to proceed with CEQA process for College Lake Project.

To learn about the Water Right Application #32881 for College Lake Project submitted by PV Water click here. The PV Water Notice, Application, Request for Release from Priority, Maps and Photos can be found at the bottom of the table, located at the bottom of the web page.

September 20, 2017


Agenda Packet


Notice of Preparation for Proposed College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project

Comments on the Notice of Preparation need to be received by January 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Published: November 28, 2017

Notice of Preparation - Draft EIR



Environmental Impact Report Public Scoping Meetings 

December 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Scoping Meeting Presentation(3 MB)

Publication of Draft Environmental Impact Report

Public Comments on the Draft EIR will be accpeted through June 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM

May 30, 2019 Update: The public comment period on the Draft EIR is extended through June 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

April 17, 2019

Draft EIR including Appendices (71 MB)

Draft EIR Only (37 MB)

Draft EIR Appendices Only  (34 MB)

Aquatic Resources Report (43 MB)

Notice of Completion - Draft EIR

Notice of Availability - Draft EIR

Four page Handout - Draft EIR

Spanish four page Handout - Draft EIR


Public Meetings for the Draft EIR

3:00PM -4:30PM & 7:00PM-8:30PM

May 1, 2019

Draft EIR Presentation


Publication of Final Environmental Impact Report

A public hearing will be held at the Board of Directors meeting on October 16th, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

September 30, 2019

Notice of Availability - Final EIR

Final EIR (29 MB)

Special Board Meeting to Receive Presentation of Final EIR for College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project October 3, 2019



Board of Directors Meeting:  10A:Consider Actions pertaining to certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report for, and Approval of, the Proposed College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project

Resolution 2019-18 Certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report, [ExhibitA] Adopting Findings Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, [Exhibit B]Adopting a Statement of Overriding Considerations, and [Exhibit C]Adopting a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project

Resolution 2019-19 Selecting, Approving, and Adopting the College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project

October 16, 2019


10A Memo

Final EIR Process & CEQA Requirements

Resolution 2019-18

Resolution 2019-19

College Lake Consolidated Final EIR which inlcudes Draft EIR, Appendicies as part of Final EIR, Responses to Comments and all Supplement Documents. December 2019 College Lake Consolidated EIR (70Mbs)

Request for Proposals to Provide Design and Bid Period Services for the College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project

Proposals will be received by PV Water until 4:00 p.m on July 17,2020

June 2020 College Lake RFP Final Packet

College Lake Community Meeting


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