Santa Felicia Dam


Lake Piru was created in 1955 with construction of the Santa Felicia Dam. Santa Felicia Dam can store up to 82,000 acre-feet of winter runoff from the Piru Creek watershed. This water is then released into Piru Creek and flows to the Santa Clara River where it is joined by runoff from Sespe and Santa Paula Creeks. This runoff is used to replenish underground aquifers, and is made available to municipalities, industry, and agriculture. 

Hydroelectric power generation and regulatory compliance

Infrastructure of the Santa Felicia Dam provides hydroelectric power generation, and therefore, the Santa Felicia Project is regulated by a license issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Federal Powers Act. The FERC license has various terms and conditions that United Water Conservation District must satisfy to remain in compliance with state and federal regulations. Some of the requirements are associated with structural engineering, water quality, and public safety, others pertain to management of biological and land resources, and recreational opportunities and facilities.

The following management, monitoring, and study plans were developed in accordance with the requirements of the FERC license for the Santa Felicia Project. The plans were developed in consultation with the appropriate federal and/or state resource agency or agencies (including, but not limited to, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Water Resources Control Board, California State Parks, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner) and have been approved, and in some cases modified, by FERC. Additional plans have been drafted and are under review. Plan documents can be accessed (available below) after they are finalized and receive approval by FERC.

FERC license and approved resource management plans

Complete FERC licenselicense amendment, and 401 water quality certification.

Santa Felicia Dam Environmental Impact Reports

Lake Piru Recreation Area

rclakepirulogo35Lake Piru is a popular recreation area for people from miles around. The lake is ideal for water sports, such as swimming, sailing, water skiing, and fishing. United's relaxing campgrounds offer water and electrical hook- ups for recreational vehicles at reasonable rates. Recreational users also appreciate the full- service marina and snack bar.

rclakepiru36For more information on the recreational opportunities available at Lake Piru please click here. For more details please contact the Lake Piru Recreation Area at (805) 521-1500.


Administrative Penalty Procedures

Preliminary Citation Review Request Form

Request for Administrative Hearing Form