Baldwin Lake in Drought
The current drought in Southern California is among the worst we have seen. Unfortunately, declining rainfall has had significant impacts on Baldwin Lake. Low water levels have exposed expanses of mud, and revealed shoreline erosion, wall destabilization and lake bed siltation.
Why not refill the Lake?
At present, the sole option for filling the Lake is to use the same potable water that fills our home faucets, which is not possible due to conservation restrictions, However, while the water level in Baldwin Lake has dropped considerably, our plan is to maintain sufficient water to sustain the fish and other wildlife. Over the past months, we have worked to relocate fish populations from Tule Pond to Baldwin Lake.
What is the long-term future of the Lake?
Created over a century ago, Baldwin Lake presents many challenges for the future. Shoreline repair, runoff cleansing and management, increased circulation and depth, and new sources of inflow are among its many needs. While engineering studies are required to determine project costs, it is clear that only County and State agencies can mount an undertaking of this magnitude. The good news is that the Lake is included as a high priority project with the Rio Hondo/San Gabriel River Enhanced Watershed Management Plan, which could bring the funding needed to restore this magnificent landmark. We are actively working on this and other options for restoring the Lake, and will provide updates in the coming months. Please visit www.Arboretum.org for the latest information.
Where can I get more information?
Please feel free to contact Richard Schulhof, Arboretum CEO, with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. 626-821-3231.
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