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No boating or fishing at Lake Hodges while dam is repaired

Boating and fishing in the Lake Hodges Reservoir in North County will be banned for about five months after the city of San Diego repairs cracks in the face of the Lake Hodges dam.

Preliminary work on the repair project is underway. As the project progresses, the lake’s water level should be lowered, leaving boat launching ramps inaccessible and exposing slippery and muddy shores that will be unsafe for public access, said Arian Collins, a spokesman. of the city, in an email.

Walking on the San Dieguito River Park trails around the reservoir will not be affected during water withdrawal or dam construction work, Collins said.

Damage to the upper side of the dam was discovered during a recent safety inspection. To complete the repairs, the water level in the reservoir will be reduced by 18 feet, to 275 feet, reducing the reservoir storage capacity.

While Lake Hodges is popular as a recreational asset, its primary purpose is to serve as a source of drinking water for San Diego County residents, as well as an emergency storage facility for the region’s water system. The dam was built in 1918 and the city of San Diego bought the dam and reservoir in 1925.

Along with the city, the Santa Fe Irrigation District, which serves Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, and part of the Fairbanks Ranch, and the San Dieguito Waters, which serves parts of Encinitas and Leucadia, also have water rights. Lake Hodges.

Al Lau, general manager of the Santa Fe irrigation district, said his agency receives about 2,500 to 3,000 acres of water a year from Lake Hodges, or about a third of the district’s total supply.

One acre of foot is the amount of water that would cover one acre of land up to one foot deep. According to the Water Education Foundation, the average family in California uses half to one acre of water a year for indoor and outdoor use.

City officials said they have not determined the cost of the repair project, but the city will be the main agency. The cost of the repairs will be borne by the County Water Authority, the city of San Diego and the Santa Fe and San Dieguito water districts, Lau said.

As the water level in Hodges has dropped, officials plan to direct as much as they can into other reservoirs, which are connected by pipelines. However, some water from the lower depths of the lake may be of poor quality and unsuitable for storage, so it can be discharged into the San Dieguito River, Lau said.

“We are working with the city to try to maximize the use of water supply,” he said.

The timing of the project is good from a water management standpoint, Lau said, because the work is scheduled for summer and early fall, when the San Diego county usually receives little rainfall.

He said he was “cautiously optimistic” that work would be completed before the start of the autumn rainy season, so Hodges could be used at full capacity to capture the rainfall needed to supply the region with water. City officials are also demanding that work continue quickly.

“The city is working with its contractor to carry out the repairs as soon as possible so that the water level can be restored and recreational activities can resume,” Collins wrote.

At its maximum capacity, the lake could hold about 30,600 acres of foot, Collins wrote. During repairs when the lake level drops, it will hold about 4,300 acres of foot.

As repairs are underway and Hodges is closed for boating and fishing, recreational users can visit the city’s eight other reservoirs, which will be open for use. More information can be found at www.sandiego.gov/reservoirs-lakes.

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