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According to the Lake Elsinore & San Jacinto Watershed Authority (LESJWA), preliminary test results indicate that alum treatments conducted between September 23 and 27 in Canyon Lake have successfully improved the lake’s overall water quality by reducing phosphorous levels that can cause algae blooms and fish kills.
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.
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.
Year after year, the lake suffered as harmful pollutants traveling through the 720-mile San Jacinto Watershed poured into Lake Elsinore, choking the lake’s oxygen supply and fueling destructive algae blooms. To make matters worse, evaporation caused lake levels to drop several feet every year. Today, the 3,330-acre-foot lake is home to more than 500,000 healthy sport fish and attracts recreational enthusiasts from throughout the region who boat, fish, camp and enjoy other watersports and outdoor activities.