News Flash

CVWD News

Posted on: January 26, 2021

CVWD extends lease with County for Lake Cahuilla

Lake Cahuilla

The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors on Jan. 26 approved a one-year extension of its 50-year lease with Riverside County for the use of Lake Cahuilla Veterans Memorial Park in La Quinta.

As the terminus of the Coachella Canal, the lake has provided water service to farms in the East Valley as well as recreation opportunities. 

County Parks is also working with the Bureau of Reclamation for an extension of a lease for use of the lake, which is owned by the Bureau.  

“Lake Cahuilla is important to the Coachella Valley for so many reasons,” said Board Vice President Castulo Estrada. “Many may not know that it is a vital water distribution facility for East Valley agriculture, and because of that, we have to work together to ensure we can meet the water service needs and recreational needs of our community on this issue.”

Ongoing discussions over renewing the lease have centered on protecting the lake from quagga mussels, an invasive species that could clog CVWD pipelines and cause millions of dollars in damage to pipelines and downstream farmland.  

“I am confident that with the experts we have involved in this matter we are going to find a solution that addresses everyone’s concerns,” Estrada continued.

At the suggestion of Board President John Powell and Director Anthony Bianco, the board’s approval directs the County to install signs that prohibit boating and swimming and to give all visitors educational materials about quagga mussels. 

The lake attracts 100,000 people a year and 10,000 people fish there every year, said Kyla Brown, General Manager/Parks Director Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District. In addition, the site offers 96 campsites and hosts triathlons, music festivals, fishing derbies and clinics, hiking and picnicking.

Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in CVWD News

Aragon_Richard_Rick CVWD Finance Director

New Director of Finance joins CVWD

Posted on: November 17, 2022
Robert Cheng AMWA Award 2022

CVWD honored for management excellence

Posted on: November 2, 2022
Non-Potable water pipeline expansion

Hovley Lane East construction update

Posted on: September 27, 2022
Logos for MEDIA ADVISORY

MEDIA ADVISORY

Posted on: September 2, 2022
Construction

Traffic Alert – Hovley Lane East

Posted on: August 8, 2022
California drought color map 20220405

CVWD updates conservation measures

Posted on: June 14, 2022
Road closed and detour sign on street

Traffic Alert – Avenue 39

Posted on: June 8, 2022
St Anthony Mobile Home Park

Media Advisory

Posted on: April 20, 2022
Press Conference Map

Media Advisory

Posted on: March 24, 2022
Construction

Traffic alert

Posted on: March 4, 2022
Construction

Traffic alert - Hovely Lane East

Posted on: February 11, 2022
Construction

Traffic Advisory for Jan. 31

Posted on: January 28, 2022
Construction

Traffic Advisory

Posted on: January 17, 2022
Construction

Traffic Advisory

Posted on: December 13, 2021
Franz De Klotz

CVWD mourns loss of former director

Posted on: December 9, 2021
CVWD Palm Desert Groundwater Replenishment Facility

CVWD adopts groundwater management plans

Posted on: December 7, 2021
Non-Potable Pipeline

Traffic Advisory

Posted on: November 4, 2021
2020 CAFR

CVWD receives award for financial report

Posted on: October 29, 2021
Construction

Traffic Advisory

Posted on: October 5, 2021
CVWD General Manager speaks at IID board meeting

CVWD opposes proposed IID fee

Posted on: July 13, 2021
Water District

CVWD to observe Juneteenth holiday

Posted on: June 17, 2021
IID logo

Former IID General Manager dies

Posted on: January 20, 2021
Logo and tagline small_02

Fitch reaffirms AAA-rating for CVWD

Posted on: December 18, 2020