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.
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.