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    Aerial View Lake Piru and Santa Felicia Dam
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    Row Crops Irrigated by Groundwater in the Piru Basin
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    Santa Felicia Dam Fish Flow Release
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    Lemon Trees Irrigated by Local Groundwater
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    Boating on Lake Piru
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    Agriculture Irrigation Well at Saticoy Spreading Grounds
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    Freeman Diversion Dam following rare heavy rain in 2008
  • Saticoy Desilting Basin
    Saticoy desilting basin following a January 2019 rainfall

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welcome United Water Conservation District

United Water Conservation District works to manage, protect, conserve and enhance the region's water supply. Through careful monitoring and management, United maintains the water resources of the Santa Clara River, its tributaries and associated aquifers, in an environmentally balanced manner.

In an average year, United is able to recharge area aquifers with nearly 100,000 acre feet of water. This represents enough water to provide for close to 200,000 families for one year.

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August 15, 2019

Dear Interested Members of the Whitewater Boating Community:

Article 408 of United Water Conservation District’s (United) license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Santa Felicia Project (P-2153) requires that, by August 15 of each year, United provide notification of proposed annual fall conservation water releases to interested members of the whitewater boating community.

Despite some relief to ongoing drought conditions during the most recent water year and as a result of an emergency conservation release in June and July of this summer, Lake Piru is still experiencing the effects of a prolonged drought.  Exceptionally low surface water levels in the Lake Piru reservoir persist for the seventh consecutive year.

Due to these current conditions, United will not be conducting a fall water conservation release in 2019.  As a result, whitewater recreational opportunities associated with fall conservation releases will not be provided in 2019.

Should you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at claytons@unitedwater.org


Clayton W. Strahan

Chief Park Ranger

United Water Conservation District – Lake Piru Recreation Area

Whitewater boaters wanting more information about access to Piru Creek downstream of the Dam can call United Water Conservation District at 805-317-8990 or 805-525-4431 or email Clayton Strahan.