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The City of Watsonville is proud to celebrate a banner accomplishment in the trajectory toward improved environmental quality for Watsonville; the completion of the Pinto Lake Restoration Project, a multi-year collaborative funded by the Clean Water Act.
Pinto Lake, a beloved water body in Watsonville's watershed, provides water-based recreational activities for thousands of visitors every year while supporting vital habitat for hundreds of native and migratory animal species. The City of Watsonville, the State Water Resources Control Board, and several valuable project partners including the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, the County of Santa Cruz, and Friends of Pinto Lake, implemented strategies to reduce pollutants entering Pinto Lake and to treat the lake for existing pollutants while utilizing a $750,000 grant generously provided by the Clean Water Act's Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant Program.
Every year, Pinto experiences algae blooms (cyanobacteria). The primary cause of these toxic algal blooms is the presence of increased nutrients in lake sediments and in nutrient-rich runoff from the surrounding watershed. These blooms produce toxic algae, which, in turn, is harmful to public health. To protect residents and animals, Pinto Lake has experienced closures during these blooms and boaters have been warned to avoid contact with the water.
The culmination of the Pinto Lake Restoration Project marks an important milestone for Pinto's continued progress. However, it is important to understand that improving environmental quality for Pinto Lake is an ongoing effort that will require the cooperation of many, including those who live and work along the watershed.
The City looks forward to future collaborative, cost-effective endeavors modeling the successes revealed throughout this process. City staff are honored to share these achievements and sincerely appreciate the support of funders, partner organizations, and residents who helped make this restorative effort possible.
Alum treatment in Pinto Lake, April 2017.
To view the full report: Pinto Lake Restoration Project
For additional information on the Pinto Lake Restoration Project: contact Jackie McCloud, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to our partners: