Dam and Lake Concerns
DAM REMEDIATION PROJECT
Seismic safety remediation to the Lake Perris Dam will begin October 15, 2014. Access to the south side of Lake Perris State Recreation Area will be closed during this work. For more information please visit the California Department of Water Resources's notification page.
"In 2005, DWR identified potential seismic safety hazards in the foundation of the dam...While there was no imminent threat to life or property, in the interest of ensuring public safety."
While not a "hole in the dam" (as some have reported), there were concerns about the dam's stability in the event of a large earthquake. For this reason, the water level was lowered below the area of concern in 2005 to ensure maximum public safety.
The areas of concern must be retrofitted in order for the State to bring this important water reservoir back to full capacity. That is the purpose of the Dam Remediation Project.
California faces one of the most severe droughts in its recorded history, and there are no signs that it's letting up. Back in January, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency and directed state officials to "take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages." He also asked for all Californians to reduce their water usage by at least 20%.
Lake Perris is also doing its part to help conserve water in the midst of this unprecedented drought. While a popular tourist destination, Lake Perris is first-and-foremost a drinking water reservoir. In order to ensure that Southern Californian households will have access to as much of that water as possible, Lake Perris has had to stop irrigating the turf grass areas of the park found in the Day Use and Group Picnic areas. We have also had to prohibit the use of portable swimming pools, slip-and-slides, water slides, etc.
Because of the severe water shortage, water is not flowing into Lake Perris from the State Water Project. Water for most reservoirs is at record lows. Between September and December 2014 water will be used from Lake Perris to supply the Riverside County area with drinking water. We will see an estimated 4-8 vertical feet of water loss between now and then. The good news is that we still have launch ramp #6 open to the public for boat launching. The campground, marina, and swim beaches will remain open at this time.
We understand the inconvenience that this will cause, but Californian's must stand together and conserve water in the face of this severe water shortage.
Save Our Water Website
Governor Brown announces emergency drought legislation
Press Enterprise article on the decision to not draw water until Labor Day
California Drought Information and News
A new brochure has been published about the future of the activities available at Lake Perris and is now available in PDF format.