Lake Elsinore Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project Receives Funding

Senator Melissa Melendez (R -Lake Elsinore), announced the approval of a $750,000 funding request for the Lake Elsinore Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project feasibility study by the Elsinore Valley Water District.

“Addressing a degrading ecosystem and the poor water quality of our lake is long overdue. I’m proud to have been able to secure this much needed funding.” said Melendez. “The health and viability of Lake Elsinore is important to the residents of my community and to recreationalists from around the region who rely on this resource.”

The Lake Elsinore Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Project involves the study, design, and construction of an aquatic ecosystem and riparian habitat restoration project to help restore the degraded aquatic ecosystem structure, function, and dynamic processes of Lake Elsinore. 

“This project has been five years in the making and is incredibly important to the overall ecosystem health of Lake Elsinore,” said Phil Williams, president of the EVMWD Board of Directors. “We deeply appreciate the tremendous support from Senator Melendez and her hard work in Sacramento.  This state funding will cover the complete local cost share of the first phase of this valuable project.” 

The feasibility study is estimated to cost $1.5 million and will start in the third quarter of 2021.  It is expected to take two years to complete, with a 50/50 cost between federal and local governments. Local participants include the City of Lake Elsinore, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, and the County of Riverside.