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Elsinore is up a Foot!

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« on: December 29, 2016, 08:56:00 AM »
http://m.pe.com/articles/lake-821818-water-feet.html


By MICHAEL J. WILLIAMS, STAFF WRITER

For the first time in a half-dozen years, water flowed over Canyon Lake’s dam in the last few days, rushing downstream into Lake Elsinore.

“Watching the water come over the dam on Christmas Day and flow into the lake was quite the Christmas miracle for us,” Mayor Bob Magee said.
Observers hope the influx -- coupled with more potential storms such as one forecast for later this week -- will rescue Southern California’s largest natural freshwater body from a severe decline brought on by the region’s prolonged drought.

Before recent storms, the lake level had dropped as low as it had been since the early 1990s, resulting in a shrinking shoreline, shallow depths and a bloom of toxic blue-green algae.
The lake experienced a die-off of shad minnows last summer, but it was relatively minor compared to some of the massive die-offs in past years.

“It becomes a vicious cycle,” said Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District board President Phil Williams of the deteriorated conditions. “We’ve done remarkably well in terms of fish kills, considering it’s one of the worst droughts on record.”

The district and the city manage the lake with assistance from the Lake Elsinore & San Jacinto Watersheds Authority. The coalition strives to improve water quality along the river, which flows into Canyon Lake, a man-made drinking water reservoir.
Unless the dam overflows into the riverbed, Lake Elsinore lacks sufficient rain and runoff to counter evaporation. While Elsinore Valley releases reclaimed water into the lake daily, it still is not enough to offset the evaporation rate of 4.5 feet per year.

Lake Elsinore’s level has steadily dissipated since spring 2011, when a turbulent winter sent water surging over the dam around the beginning of that year. Between Dec. 20, 2010, and Jan. 3, 2011, the lake rose about 6 feet to nearly 1,248 feet above sea level -- the biggest increase since 2005.
Over the last six years, the level had sunk to about 1,232 feet for a maximum water depth of less than 25 feet -- the lowest since the early 1990s. Studies indicate the lake’s health is best at a minimum 1,240 feet elevation.
The level, however, is now rising from the dam overflow and recent storms, which dropped several inches of rain in the last week. Measurements taken at the end of the city’s La Laguna Boat Launch show the depth there had increased about a foot to 56 inches as of Tuesday morning.

“We’re hoping to get enough rain through the winter to bring the lake up closer to its optimal level of 1,240 feet,” said Senior Management Analyst Nicole Dailey, who oversees the lake for the city.
Even as the water level dropped, boats have been able to continue embarking from La Laguna, which opened in 2012, Magee noted.

“The city and the water district in our partnership have done everything that we could to keep our lake full and healthy,” Magee said. “The third leg of the stool had to be Mother Nature and Mother Nature’s finally joined the party, just like she did in 2005.”



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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2016, 09:35:15 AM »
this is awesome
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2016, 01:06:58 PM »
Awesome.  So happy to hear this.  We need a lot of water in this lake,  and this is for sure a start.

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2017, 03:15:58 PM »
Anyone have any updates? Is Canyon lake still spilling over? Hoping for some day trips as soon as it warms up a little.

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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2017, 03:39:25 PM »
Just saw a picture today from a friend of the dam spilling over.


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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2017, 07:46:00 PM »
More rain coming
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2017, 08:02:44 PM »
This was from Friday we drove by the wash that comes from canyon lake it was flowing a little couldn't tell you how far up it is don't see it enough supposed to get some good rain this week tho 👍🏻👍🏻


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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 08:42:01 PM »
I'm so happy for the rain and snow hitting the west coast. Hope it continues

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2017, 11:25:49 AM »
Lake for sure is going up, this morning steady water flow

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« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2017, 09:33:33 AM »
Found something new for Lake Elsinore water level. Site has always had weekly measurements for Canyon lake, but only projections for Elsinore. Found new link to Elsinore measurement on the site. I must say thanks to whomever got this done and it's about damn time! Just under 1240ft elevation which is their minimum maintenance goal.

http://www.evmwd.com/about/departments/public/lake.asp

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« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2017, 11:04:41 AM »
Was just testing at the lake yesterday. Alot better than 3 months ago. It's come up alot

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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2017, 02:40:26 PM »
Where'd yo launch and how was it. Alger during off yet?


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« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2017, 05:34:09 PM »

Was just testing at the lake yesterday. Alot better than 3 months ago. It's come up alot

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. What did the cove look like?


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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2017, 05:45:07 PM »
Never made it to the cove to look was in a i/O.

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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2017, 08:33:33 PM »
I have been keeping track of the level since the beginning of January and it looks to be up over 6' this month!!  More water to come for sure
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« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2017, 05:51:53 PM »
What's the best ramp or launch spot. I always use Elsinore West, but not the best for a single person launch. Was thinking about Paradise. I like to be able to pull the boat off and park on sand wile I park the truck.... you know for when I don't have the wife and kid with me. I want to get a pass too, so do I just keep using Ramp West because the East is to choppy most of the time.✌🏻


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« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2017, 06:43:56 PM »
La laguna


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