Lindo Lake Water Preservation Fund

DATE: October 17, 2000
TO: Board of Supervisors
RE:Lindo Lake Water Preservation Fund

Summary:
Over the years, Lindo Lake has become the centerpiece of the Lakeside community. This fact is evident by the number of residents who, on a daily basis, fish, picnic, and take morning strolls along its quiet shores. However, the vitality of the lake has become a community concern because of the extreme amount of water loss due to percolation and evaporation during the hot summer months. When the water level drops significantly, it puts considerable stress on the environment as well as jeopardizing its aesthetic value. Recently, $100,000 was provided as a mitigation measure of the Beechtree Street Drainage Improvement project for the construction of a second well at the lake. Today's action will establish a Lindo Lake Water Preservation Fund with these funds previously budgeted for the lake.

Recommendation:
CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB

Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to establish a Lindo Lake Water Preservation Fund utilizing the Beechtree Street Drainage Improvement project funds which were budgeted expressly for improvements related to water level and/or quality at Lindo Lake.

Fiscal Impact:
Funds not to exceed $100,000 are budgeted and available as a result of the Beechtree Street Drainage Improvement project.

Background:
Over the years, Lindo Lake has become the centerpiece of the Lakeside community. This fact is evident by the number of residents who, on a daily basis, fish, picnic, and take morning strolls along its quiet shores. However, the vitality of the lake has become a community concern because of the extreme amount of water loss due to percolation and evaporation during the hot summer months. When the water level drops significantly, it puts considerable stress on the environment as well as jeopardizing its aesthetic value. Recently, $100,000 was provided as a mitigation measure of the Beechtree Street Drainage Improvement project for the construction of a second well at the lake. Today's action will establish a Lindo Lake Water Preservation Fund with these funds previously budgeted for the lake.

The construction of a second well will help improve the water level and quality of the lake; however, more funding is necessary to resolve this issue. The well construction is projected to be completed under budget, and because the addition of a second well was intended to improve the water level and quality of the lake, it's appropriate to dedicate the remaining dollars for future water improvements. Over the past ten years, the County has expended over $360,000 towards water improvements at Lindo Lake. It is prudent to budget dollars for this purpose while they are available.

The amenities that surround Lindo Lake are a community center, library, children's playgrounds, ball field and tennis courts, riding and hiking trails, and a variety of plant and animal species. Although these amenities are an integral part of the community, it is the lake that serves as the centerpiece. This additional funding source will help ensure that Lindo Lake remains the community centerpiece for future generations to enjoy.

I urge your support.

Respectfully Submitted,

DIANNE JACOB
Chairwoman