Lake Naci News – March 2008

The Lake Nacimiento Water Project Presentation Night on February 26 hosted by Grace Borzini of Oak Shores Realty had a standing room only crowd. Presentations were given by Rob Johnson of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, John Hollenbeck of the SLO Public Works on the San Luis Obispo Pipeline Project, and Phil Humfrey, Co-Chair Nacitone Watershed Steering Committee on the Nacitone Community Watershed Project. General feedback was that everybody left with a much better understanding of the projects, and many rumors were laid to rest. Following is a summary of the projects, or follow this link to the power point presentations

Synopsis of Lake Water Projects

San Luis Obispo County has began construction on the pipeline project that will draw over 15,000 acre feet a year from Lake Naci. (This will be a drop in the bucket compared to the normal releases that Monterey County takes annually.)

Monterey County Water Resources recently had it’s ground breaking ceremony for the Lake Nacimiento Water Spillway project that will actually start construction in April. They have just awarded the contract to Granite Construction.

Regarding reservoir levels, the county is required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the State’s Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) to maintain a maximum reservoir (lake) level of 770 feet during the first construction season (summer 2008) and 764 feet during the second in 2009 (the maximum reservoir elevation at the Spillway is 800 feet).   This is dependent upon the amount of rainfall and inflow received by the reservoir.   They estimate the construction schedule to cover two construction seasons from April 1, 2008 to September 30th, 2008, then the same period in 2009, with final completion by Sept 30th, 2009.   They will be finalizing a final construction schedule with the contractor in the coming weeks, which will hopefully shorten the seasons and provide some cost-savings.

Their goal is to maximize reservoir elevations during construction while in compliance with the regulatory agencies and in consideration of workers’ safety while completing modifications in the Spillway Chute structure itself.   This will maximize recreational benefits and water conservation goals.   As noted, we will be providing project updates throughout the construction.   If you wish to track daily reservoir levels for both Nacimiento & San Antonio, please visit my webpage at and click on Lake Levels.

They plan to conduct public outreach to those who live adjacent to the lake via their website, our web site and other mediums, once they finalize the construction schedule.  

The Fireman’s Ball on March 15th was a huge success!!!

Cindy Peyton and her crew prepared and served 93 attendees a gourmet meal of Chicken Picata or stuffed flank steak with rice pilaf, roasted vegetables and chocolate cake with raspberry sauce for dessert.  The evening brought in over $2,000.00 worth of donations for our Oak Shores Fire Department.  

Great music by D.J. Jim Lovato.  Lots of great community volunteers worked hard to make this event happen.

The next community social will be April 19th after the board Meeting Potluck Social held at the clubhouse.  Call Janice Gillenwater for details: 472-9404

Take Part in the 13th Annual Fishing Derby!

Bring the kids down this May to the 13th Annual Oak Shores Kids’ Fishing Derby!  Launch is at 7:00am, and the fishing continues until noon!  Lunch will be served at 1:00pm, followed by awards and prizes for all!  Click here to learn more!    

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