Subsequent to the April Alum application, an algae bloom was observed in several coves. As in the past, a press release was shared with the media indicating that the cause of the algae bloom in the coves was not the alum, and that the algae would likely dissipate over time. Below are a few articles that have been released regarding this event.
NEWS UPDATE AS OF 8/18/15: All coves in Canyon Lake are now clear of algae and are safe for swimming and recreation.
For more information on the Canyon Lake Alum Treatment Project, please visit: http://www.mywatersheds.com/the-watershed/canyon-lake-alum-treatment-project/.
The Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA) is requesting proposals from qualified firms for assisting LESJWA in the development and implementation of support services for a multi-year education and outreach program through community and media relations.
Closed: RFP Public Education and Outreach Support Service Docuement
One electronic copy of the response is to be submitted to LESJWA located at 11615 Sterling Avenue, Riverside, California 92503 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015. The responses shall be addressed to the attention of Mark Norton, Water Resources and Planning Manager. Thereafter, a review panel, composed of LESJWA staff will be conducted the first week of June with the final award scheduled for June 18, 2015.
Should you have further questions regarding this request for proposal, please feel free to contact Mark Norton at (951) 354-4221 or email@example.com.
1. Does the $20,000 annual budget include all the requested services listed in the RFP, or is the budget for specific tasks, like supporting the water summit and attending booths at community events.
Yes, all services described would need to be included within the $20,000 annual budget.
2. Is there a consultant currently providing the requested services to LESJWA?
Yes, the current consultant that LESJWA has supporting its public education and outreach program is O’Reilly Public Relations.
- Welcome message from Canyon Lake Council Member Nancy Horton
- Recap of water quality regulations and need for lake improvement
- Review success from past two alum applications and schedule review
- Pannel of experts to include:
- Dr. Michael Anderson, University of California, Riverside
- Jason Uhley, Riverside County Flood Control District
- Mark Norton, Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watershed Authority
- Terry McNabb, Aquatechnex
For more information, please contact Mark Norton at (951) 354-4221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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Work is underway on improving water quality at Canyon Lake in order to comply with water quality standards. $500,000 has been secured from the CA Dept of Water Resources by LESJWA to help support this goal. CEQA is underway and a final lake improvement project should be announced in April 2013.
By Mark Norton P.E.
LESJWA Authority Administrator
The mission of the Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds Authority (LESJWA) is to improve water quality and wildlife habitats in Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, and the surrounding San Jacinto Watershed. It’s a mission not only to benefit local residents, but to also meet strict federal and state regulations for water quality.
Part of the challenge in maintaining the water quality in Canyon Lake is the natural flow of storm-water runoff that carries high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus into the lake. These substances promote excessive algae growth in the lake, which ultimately can lead to fish kills and damage to wildlife.
In 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency set specific guidelines to monitor these nitrogen and phosphorus levels, establishing what are known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). In this area, there is a TMDL Task Force of 20 agencies and organizations, including water districts, cities, and county departments, all responsible for making sure that both Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake stay healthy and remain at safe levels.
In order to help Canyon Lake meet TMDL water quality goals, the TMDL Task Force has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the California Department of Water Resources to begin treatment measures to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in the Main Lake and the East Bay of Canyon Lake.