Almaden Lake Alternatives

 
This 32-acre man-made body of water, once a privately owned gravel quarry, progressively formed as a
result of the quarry operation in the late 1940s. Excavation for the quarry started at the center of Los Alamitos Creek and moved outward, transforming a meadow where dairy cows grazed into a lake.

The water district operates it as a groundwater recharge facility and opened it for public use as a park in 1982. The lake offered a range of activities over the years, including fishing, swimming, pedal boating and athletic events. Its sand beach enhanced its popularity, but despite its beauty, the lake offers no value other than aesthetics. It is one of the most polluted in the state, according to a two-year screening survey on contaminants in fish from the state’s lakes and reservoirs.

Because the lake is so polluted, proposals have been brought forth to change the lake in hopes of stopping and reversing the effects of the pollution. Below is a link to the Santa Clara County Water District website and their page dedicated to Almaden Lake. On this page, you will find information regarding the six (6) Conceptual Alternatives for the lake that are currently being discussed. Please take a look at these proposals and tell us what you think!

http://www.valleywater.org/EkContent.aspx?id=8115&terms=almaden+lake
1. How often do you visit Almaden Lake Park?
2. What days of the week do you usually visit Almaden Lake Park?
3. How close do you live to Almaden Lake Park?
4. When you visit Almaden Lake Park, how do you get there?
5. When you visit Almaden Lake Park, what kinds of things do you or your family do there?
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6. What is your preferred method of communication about what's happening at Almaden Lake?
7. After reviewing the conceptual alternatives, please rank them in order of your favorite to least favorite.
Concept 1: Channel with East and West Lakes
Concept 2: Channel with West Lake and Open Space
Concept 4: Channel with East Lake and Open Space
Concept 5: Channel with Open Space
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8. Please list the top three things you'd like to see retained at Almaden Lake Park.
9. Please list the top three things you'd like to see developed at Almaden Lake Park.
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