Tentative Lake Project Overview

The first major step to repairing the Lago Santa Margarita Eco system has begun with the recent Board approval of retaining the engineering firm Woodard and Curran. Woodard and Curran will provide design services for the irrigation pump station, Lake water fill, and irrigation system connections which will enable SAMLARC to use Lake water for irrigation of the surrounding turf and planter areas. Utilizing Lake water for irrigation will assist with the management of the Lake water quality by consistently infusing the Lake with fresh water. The goal of adding fresh water to the Lake on a continual basis is to affect the eco-balance by reducing salinity and total dissolved solids, which in turn should lessen the frequency of Golden Algae outbreaks which historically have resulted in what is known as “fish kills”.

The Lake Eco-System Repair Project is scheduled to begin in January 2018 and barring any major setbacks, the project is anticipated to take 9 months to complete. The project is scheduled in phases with the first phase being design of the plans for the pump station and irrigation connections. Once the planning phase is complete and design approved, the construction phase of the project will begin. Finally, once construction is complete, the system will go live. Once live, the Lake water quality will be closely monitored prior to re-stocking the Lake with fish.

The Lago Santa Margarita Eco-System Repair Project demonstrates great potential to reduce the likelihood of future Golden Algae bloom “fish kills”. However, it is important to note that the Golden Algae can never be completely eradicated from Lago Santa Margarita or from any other local lake. The main objective of the Lake Eco-System Repair Project is to give SAMLARC the ability to manage Golden Algae by way of managing the Lake water quality. Testing for Golden Algae has shown that water quality is a major contributing factor to Golden Algae outbreaks and “fish kills”. The project is intended to reduce the odds of future outbreaks significantly.<