Diamond Valley Lake

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Nov. 20, 2001

BOATING APPROVED FOR METROPOLITAN’S
DIAMOND VALLEY LAKE NEAR HEMET

Restrictions on engines and fuels protect the quality of the region’s largest reservoir.

    An amended policy that allows recreational boating on Diamond Valley Lake while protecting water quality in the Southland’s largest drinking supply reservoir was approved today by the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

    “This solution is best for the quality of the region’s drinking water and also accommodates boaters, anglers and the local community,” said Metropolitan Chairman Phillip J. Pace.

    The policy allows boats powered by humans, sails, and electric and gasoline engines when the lake is opened for public recreation as early as the summer of 2003.  To protect water quality, the policy excludes the use of fuels containing methyl tertiary butyl ether, a gasoline additive commonly called MTBE, and carburetor two-stroke engines.

    MTBE is currently added to gasoline in California to improve air quality.  However, when gas with MTBE enters a drinking water supply, such as a reservoir or well, it fouls the taste and odor of water and is a suspected carcinogen.  Lakes are polluted by MTBE when two-stroke engines spew unburned fuel from their carburetors; two-stroke engines typically expel about one-third of their fuel.

    In October 1998, Metropolitan banned swimming, water skiing, windsurfing and other body-contact sports on Diamond Valley Lake to prevent pathogens from polluting the water.  

In February 1999, the board identified the types of boating to be allowed at Diamond Valley.  The lake is a 4,500-acre body of water in southwestern Riverside County near Hemet.  Built by Metropolitan over five years and dedicated in March 2000, the lake is now nearly three-fourths full.

The amended boating policy clarifies the February 1999 board action and also requires that the board’s Boating Regulation Special Committee make recommendations on other related issues after reviewing public testimony and recommendations of MWD staff, such as rules and regulations for boating speed limits, noise regulations and enforcement procedures.
Today’s board action also calls for identical regulations to take effect at Metropolitan’s nearby Lake Skinner reservoir in 2003
 

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Good news rusman66, thanks for posting it.
 


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