Pinto Lake Restoration Project

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Watsonville, City of (City of Watsonville)
Document Title
Pinto Lake Restoration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The proposed Pinto Lake Restoration Project consists of the application of aluminum sulfate to Pinto Lake to remove nutrients that contribute to harmful blue-green algae blooms. Pinto Lake is a shallow, 126-acre hyper eutrophic lake located within the Pajaro River watershed. The lake has been placed on the California Impaired Water bodies list and poses presently a significant health risk to humans and other mammals from frequent algal blooms. The CA Nonpoint Source Grant Program allocates annually Clean Water Act section 319 funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency to support projects that implement management measures or practices in alignment with a watershed-based plan to address water quality problems in surface water and groundwater resulting from NPS pollution. City of Watsonville received a CWA section 319 grant to implement the Pinto Lake Restoration Project in conformation with the Pajaro River Watershed. The Pinto Lake Restoration project would treat nutrient loadings within the lake that drive algal blooms. The anticipated timeline for polymer/coagulant application is late February to early March 2017.

Contact Information
Justin Meek
City of Watsonville
250 Main Street
Watsonville, CA 95077-5000

Phone : (831) 768-3077


Santa Cruz

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15307 allows actions taken by regulatory agencies to assure the maintenance, restoration, or enhancement of a natural resource where the regulatory process involves procedures for protection of the environment. The City of Watsonville acts as a regulatory agency as it adopted Ordinance 775-88 to establish rules and regulations for the use and conduct in Pinto Lake, which include permitted and prohibited acts to help maintain and protect the lake while providing recreational opportunities. The project serves to improve the water quality of Pinto Lake, consistent of the Pajaro River watershed.

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