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College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project

proposed college lake projectAreial 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 and mixes 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.



Event / Meeting


Materials / Presentations

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)

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)

Contact PV Water

Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency

36 Brennan St.
Watsonville, CA 95076

1 (831) 722-9292

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