Pinto Lake Restoration Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Watsonville
Document Title
Pinto Lake Restoration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
CDFW has executed lake and streambed alteration agreement no. 1600-2016-0362-R3, pursuant to section 1602 of the fish and game code to the city of Watsonville as represented by Charles Montonya. Alum and sodium aluminate application is being implemented as a restorative method to inactive phosphorus, which has produced toxic cyanobacteria within Pinto Lake's water column. Toxic cyanobacteria have caused wildlife fatalities as well as the closure of Pinto Lake.

Contact Information

Monica Oey
Agency Name
City of Watsonville
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


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 (C-M) 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 TMDL standards.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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