Lake Project Phasing

Whether walking, biking, people-watching, or even caroling, the Lago Santa Margarita has always been a source of Community relaxation and connection. Over the past 18 months, the SAMLARC Board of Directors has sought out the most environmentally sensitive, community-conscious and viable method of Lake ecosystem stewardship. Following careful review and study by the Lake Ad Hoc Committee, the Board is moving forward with a restoration project to revitalize the Lake’s ecosystem without excessive dependence on chemical treatments.

While the Project was scheduled to take place this fall, following a thorough review of the overall project scope and timeline for completion, at the June 26, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board took action to complete the project in two phases. Phase I is the design phase which will be completed in 2018, and Phase II is the construction phase, to take place from January through May 2019. There are multiple benefits to phasing the project and starting the construction phase in 2019 including:

  • Diminished impact to homeowners as Lakeshore usage decreases during the winter months

  • The cooler winter months may assist in reducing possible odors that could arise when the Lake water level is dropped

  • Drought level sensitivity: Santa Margarita Water District has expressed a preference to supply the Lake re-fill water during