Lake Naci is at approximate 26% capacity and rapidly rising with an elevation of 733 feet and a total of 6.14 inches of rainfall so far this season.
Please continue to pray for rain and keep doing your rain dances! They are working.
3.31 in Rocky Butte for last 24 hours. 4-5 inches in the watershed to the North
Lake Nacimiento group sues Monterey County for $120 million
A group representing Lake Nacimiento property owners and recreational users is suing Monterey County over low lake levels.
The Nacimiento Regional Water Management Advisory Committee (NRWMAC) claims the Monterey County Water Resources Agency has mismanaged the lake and drained so much water that it’s become nearly unusable by property owners and visitors for recreation.
According to the complaint filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Tuesday, this has caused a loss of property values. Read more at KSBY.com.
We are still in desperate need of volunteers to join the recreation committee so it is not always the same few volunteers working every event. We love meeting new people and new ideas and everyone loves to have fun! Please call Janice Gillenwater at 805-472-9404.
Please send your protest letters in ASAP!
Board of Supervisors
San Luis Obispo County
1055 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Subject: Proposed Ordinance Amending the Wastewater Service Charges in County Service Area No. 7A (CSA 7A – Oak Shores) (the “Proposed Ordinance”)
Public Hearing Date: January 29, 2019
Dear Honorable Members of the Board of Supervisors:
I am a resident within the Oak Shores Community Association, Inc. (the “Association”) which is a community comprised of 851 lots within the County Service Area 7A. Along with the Association and its Board of Directors, I wanted to personally reach out to communicate my strong disagreement with and opposition to the Proposed Ordinance and service charge increase.
Just as the very intent of Proposition 218 is to ensure that all taxes and most charges on property owners are subject to voter approval, Proposition 218 also aims to prevent abuses in the use of assessments and fees. Accordingly, Prop 218 (Cal. Const. Art. 13D) provides that if written protests against the proposed fee or charge are presented by a majority of owners of the identified parcels, the agency shall not impose the fee or charge.
While I do not disagree that an increase may be necessary to properly fund reserves to an amount equal to the suggested target of six months of operating expenses, my opposition with the Proposed Ordinance is based on the fact that it appears that once the reserve fund reaches the target amount of six months’ worth of operating expenses, the increased rate continues indefinitely resulting in a much larger reserve without a plan or timeline on how and when more substantial capital improvements will be made and without any disclosure as to whether or not such a large increase in the service charge is warranted. Perhaps a sunset on the increase would allay these concerns. I do not support nor desire to pay for the past failures and lack of proactive management which have led to the current state of disrepair and deferred maintenance.
Contrary to the characterization in the staff report, when staff held a community meeting on August 30, 2018, meeting attendees did not and still do not unanimously recommend the proposed four-fold increase in the monthly service rate. I take issue with the staff report’s declaration that staff has provided a complete disclosure of CSA 7A financials to the Association’s members. Although financials have been provided, the disclosures importantly failed to provide information as to the timing, budgets and cost estimates for the improvements to be funded by the increased service rate. In fact, the staff report can only provide a range of between $1.7 M to $7.3 M for the need for “future improvements.” How can you expect me to support paying such a large increase in service charges and funding a reserve when the cost of improvements is unknown and estimated at such a substantial differential between the top and bottom points of the range? Would you be comfortable approving such a potentially huge price differential?
We are simply asking for budgets and projections that describe the deferred maintenance and improvements to be performed, the cost of each such project, and the target for completion. This information is critical to helping the ratepayers to understand precisely how this substantial rate increase will actually be used. The information provided to date is entirely devoid of a plan of action on how and when the issues will be resolved.
Accordingly, I am requesting that the Board of Supervisors take the following actions:
1. Vote against the proposed ordinance and rate increase;
2. Require the County to provide a more detailed plan that, at a minimum, includes the following information (i) comprehensively details the specific projects including the scope, costs, and timeline for commencement and completion of the project; (ii) documents how and when the funds resulting from any rate increase will be used to accomplish the stated needs; and (iii) provides a projection (with more details than already provided) as to any future rate changes once deferred maintenance has been accomplished that may be contemplated.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
|IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER
Este informe contiene información muy importante sobre su agua potable. Tradúzcalo o hable con alguien que lo entienda bien.
Nacimiento Water Company Has Levels of Haloacetic Acids Above the Drinking Water Standards
Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right know what you should do, what happened, and what we are doing to correct this situation. We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Water sample results from samples taken on September 28, 2018 showed that our system exceeds the standard or maximum contaminant level (MCL) for haloacetic acids. The MCL standard for haloacetic acids is 60 micrograms per liter (60 ug/l.). The average level of haloacetic acids over the last year was 63 ug/l. What should I do?
* You do not need to use an alternative water supply (e. g. bottled water).
* This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately.
However, some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years may experience liver, kidney, or central nervous system problems, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
* If you have other health issues concerning the consumption of this water, you may wish to consult your doctor.
What happened? What is being done?
Disinfection by-products (including haloacetic acids) are formed when chlorine is added to water that contains small amounts of organic compounds (such as what may come from algae in our source water). We have made several changes to our treatment process to better remove organic compounds from the water before chlorination, and to remove the disinfection by-products after they have formed. This strategy has been successful. High levels of disinfection by-products first appeared in September of last year. In each of the quarterly samples since then the levels have been lower, until this September. Since compliance is based on a four-quarter average, we may not be technically in compliance until next quarter (with samples taken this week), but in a very real sense, the problem has already been corrected. For more information, please contact Tim Bean at (805)472-2540, or at the following mailing address: 2890 Saddle Way, Bradley, CA 93426. Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this public notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
This notice is being sent to you by Nacimiento Water Company
State Water System ID#4010027 Date distributed: December 20, 2018
|Boat Parking Needed|
|I am looking for a place to park my boat within the Oak Shore community. It’s a 21’ Sea Ray with a wakeboard tower.
I will really prefer someplace that is not under trees and that does not require backing it up any large hill.
If you have some room and would like to make some cash.
Please call Rian at 714-504-7173
Lake Nacimiento may soon look like this if Monterey County doesn’t stop its continued mismanagement of the reservoir and massive taking of water. Please donate to the GoFundMe campaign, as explained below, to prevent this disaster.
Lake Nacimiento, known as “The Dragon” because of its distinctive shape, is in extreme peril and needs your help. Millions of gallons of water are being taken out of the lake each day by Monterey County and sent north, primarily for the benefit of its farmers in the Salinas Valley, but also to support a fish habitat and to sell on the open market for profit. This isn’t simply “Water Over The Dam,” it is the moral equivalent of draining the life’s blood of The Dragon. Left unchecked, this massive release of water will devastate the local economy in San Luis Obispo County, where the lake is actually located, by curtailing recreation, depressing property values and reducing business and tax revenues. Although the farmers in the Salinas Valley are entitled to a fair share of the water, they are not entitled to ALL of it. There is no way of even knowing just how much water the farmers are getting, since much of it goes underground where it cannot be measured. It is also impossible to determine how much water, if any, is being wasted since that also defies measurement. What is clear is that ever since the time it completed a “divisionary facility” in Salinas, Monterey County has steadily increased the water it releases over the dam on a daily basis. See: http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=22189.
Nacimiento Reservoir was originally designed and built by Monterey County for irrigation, flood control, groundwater recharge, and recreation. It was completed in 1957. Although the lake formed by the reservoir is entirely inside the geographical boundaries of San Luis Obispo County, the water is controlled by Monterey County under an operating license issued by the State of California. Over time, Monterey County has demonstrated that it does not care about the recreational aspect of its management of the lake, despite that component being of equal value to the others. Monterey County’s current attitude towards recreation at Lake Nacimiento borders on contempt.
The Nacimiento Regional Water Management Advisory Committee (“NRWMAC”) was formed in the late1980’s to represent Lake Nacimiento property owners, visitors and enthusiasts in dealing with Monterey County’s management of this precious resource. During its tenure, NRWMAC has fought to maintain a consistent and appropriate water level of 748 feet above mean sea level (msl). At this level, during most years, there is enough water to satisfy the needs of the farmers, meet the California Department of Fish and Wildlife requirements for the fish habitat and concurrently sustain recreation throughout the peak summer months – at least through Labor Day of each year. For the most part, NRWMAC has been successful in its attempt to maintain a mutually acceptable lake level. Lately, however, Monterey County has been promulgating the notion that a lake level of 730 feet msl will sustain recreation. This is absolutely not true. At that level, launch ramps and docks along the lake become unusable, and previously submerged rocks, tree stumps and islands start surfacing, posing hazards to boating.
NRWMAC has tried to negotiate a reasonable compromise with Monterey County over the lake level. Monterey County, however, will not negotiate. NRWMAC drafted and circulated a petition demanding a reduction to the massive and unreasonable daily water releases. This petition garnered over 6,000 signatures, and was presented to Monterey County in May of this year. Monterey County dismissed the petition, labeling it “factually inaccurate,” although it failed to explain how it was inaccurate. NRWMAC Directors have been on radio and television, and in print media, appealing for restraint over the water releases, but these effort have had no effect: Monterey County continues to drain the lake at its sole and unbridled discretion. Finally, as a last resort, and responding to the entreaties of its constituents, NRWMAC has been forced to retain a law firm experienced in water rights, and a team of hydrologists, to seek a legal remedy to halt the excessive outflow of water.
NRWMAC has exhausted nearly its entire operating budget by subsidizing the legal fees to date and now it needs your help. NRWMAC has started a GoFundMe campaign to replenish the funds necessary to sustain its legal challenge. It is estimated that a minimum of $100,000.00 is required to continue forward and resolve this issue. Please contribute whatever you can to help NRWMAC Save the Dragon, and please forward this email and this GoFundMe link to everyone on your mailing list.
Discreet donation is available by checking the “Hide name and comment..” check box on the GoFundMe form, or use the donate buttons on the NRWMAC.Donate page.
NRWMAC is a non-profit organization. Because of the way it is structured, donations made to it, or to the legal fund it is sponsoring, are not tax deductible to the donor. For more information on NRWMAC, how it supports Lake Nacimiento, and to join its growing list of supporters, please visit its website at http://www.nrwmac.org.
Oak Shores Community Gate Hours
Sunday-Thursday 7:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday 7:00 am-9:00 pm
~ Subject to change at a moment’s notice.
All mussel inspections will be done at the gate. Kayaks need mussel inspection and permit.
Lake Nacimiento State of the Market Report
The market is getting hot! This is the time to sell if you have been thinking of selling.
Properties SOLD in Lake Nacimiento in 2019
1. 2656 Tree Trap Road, Bradley – Single Family, Sold For $339,000 on 01/04/19
Properties Currently UNDER CONTRACT in Lake Nacimiento
1. 2506 Shoreline, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $399,000
Properties Currently JUST REDUCED in Lake Nacimiento
1. 8809 Circle Oak Drive, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $535,000
2. 8034 Ready Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $335,000
3. 2280 Lariat Loop, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1333 Acres, Currently Listed For $79,000
4. 2440 Stern Deck Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1356 Acres, Currently Listed For $30,000
5. 2677 Pine Ridge Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1963 Acres, Currently Listed For $29,000
6. 2603 S. Captains Walk Avenue, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1414 Acres, Currently Listed For $12,500
Properties Currently ACTIVE in Oak Shores
1. 2603 S. Captains Walk Avenue, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1414 Acres, Currently Listed For $12,500
2. 2251 Lariat Loop, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1594 Acres, Currently Listed For $15,000
3. 2579 Oak Shores Drive, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1148 Acres, Currently Listed For $24,000
4. 2677 Pine Ridge Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1963 Acres, Currently Listed For $29,000
5. 2440 Stern Deck Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1356 Acres, Currently Listed For $30,000
6. 2658 Pine Ridge Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .2663 Acres, Currently Listed For $39,900
7. 2463 Captains Walk, Bradley -Vacant Land, .1241 Acres, Currently Listed For $45,000
8. 2517 Captains Walk, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1240 Acres, Currently Listed For $50,000
9. 2709 Turkey Cove Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1206 Acres, Currently Listed For $75,000
10. 2280 Lariat Loop, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1333 Acres, Currently Listed For $79,000
11. 2547 Shoreline Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .2755 Acres, Currently Listed For $85,000
12. 2879 Saddle Way, Bradley – Vacant Land, 12,123 SqFt, Currently Listed For $99,900
13. 2298 Ridge Rider Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .1616 Acres, Currently Listed For $110,000
14. 8745 Bluff Court, Bradley – Vacant Land, .2043 Acres, Currently Listed For $139,000
15. 0 Interlake Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, 48 Acres, Currently Listed For $175,000
16. 8137 Smith Point Road, Bradley – Vacant Land, .2181 Acres, Currently Listed For $199,000
17. 8122 Cove Lane, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $245,000
18. 2581 Oak Shores Drive, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $310,000
19. 8034 Ready Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $335,000
20. 2299 Ridge Rider Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $365,000
21. 2625 Crows Nest, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $399,000
22. 2361 Rough Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $399,000
23. 2506 Shoreline Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $399,000
24. 8802 Deer Trail Court, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $429,000
25. 8061 Pine Branch Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $439,000
26. 2537 Shoreline Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $499,000
27. 2745 Lookout, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $529,000
28. 2522 Shoreline Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $529,000
29. 8809 Circle Oak Drive, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $535,000
30. 6075 Nacimiento Shores Road #18, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $550,000
31. 8209 Bass Point Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $669,000
32. 8840 Cantinas Point, Bradley – Vacant Land, 2.59 Acres, Currently Listed For $725,000
33. 8059 Pine Branch Road, Bradley – Single Family, Currently Listed For $1,080,000