Last Wednesday, 50 to 60 people, of whom approximately 25 were Canyon Lake residents, had the opportunity to listen, learn, and ask questions about the upcoming plan to improve the lake’s water quality.
The workshop was presented by the Lake Elsinore & San Jacinto Watershed Authority (LESJWA), Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD), the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Task Force, and the City of Canyon Lake.
Jason Uhley of the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, gave a Powerpoint presentation that described the planned course of action. This was the same presentation that was partly responsible for a grant of $500,000 that was awarded to LESJWA from the grant committee of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority for alum applications in Canyon Lake, as well as continuing possible redesign for the Hypolimnetic Oxygenation System.
The presentation explained that, over the years, the amount of green algae in the lake has been increasing. The primary reason for the increase is the presence of phosphorus and other nutrients in runoff that enters the lake from the surrounding watershed and from gutters and drain pipes in Canyon Lake that dump straight into the lake.