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College Lake is shown partially full along East Lake Avenue near the fairgrounds. — Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian file

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Board of Directors authorized staff to advertise for bids to construct the College Lake Integrated Resources Management Project. 

PVWMA officials say the project will provide much-needed water to the critically overdrafted basin of the Pajaro Valley by supplying 1,800 to 2,300 acre-feet per year of water to growers in the Pajaro Valley, equal to 586 to 749 million gallons per year.

Currently, the Valley is overdrafting the groundwater basin approximately 12,000 acre-feet per year.

An acre-foot is equal to 325,851 gallons, or one foot of water covering an acre of land.

The project is aimed at helping to balance the groundwater basin and prevent further seawater intrusion by developing College Lake as a water storage and supply source.

In addition to providing water, the College Lake Project will include fish bypass flows and fish passage for South-central California coast steelhead migration. 

For information, visit pvwater.org/college-lake-project.

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