Nacimiento Reservoir

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Current Reservoir Level

General Overview

The Nacimiento Reservoir provides flood protection and is a source of supply for groundwater recharge for the Salinas Valley. It is owned and operated by the Monterey County Water Resources Agency. Since 1959, the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has had an entitlement to 17,500 acre-feet per year (AFY) of water from the reservoir for use in San Luis Obispo County. Approximately 1,750 AFY have been designated for uses around the lake, leaving 15,750 AFY for allocation to other areas within the County of San Luis Obispo.

The County began construction in 2007 on a 45-mile pipeline project to deliver water from the Nacimiento Reservoir to five participating agencies and cities. The City has a contractual entitlement to 5,482 AFY of water from the project. The construction of the pipeline and delivery facilities was substantially completed in December 2010 and water deliveries to the City began in January 2011.

Recreation facilities at Nacimiento Lake are operated by the County of Monterey Parks Department. For more information Nacimiento Lake visit the County's water resources website here.