Lake Elsinore & Canyon Lake

Lake Elsinore & Canyon Lake

Long-term water quality monitoring of two different lakes in California, USA

In July 2015, EOMAP established long-term water quality monitoring services for the American branch of British multi-national consultancy company Amec Foster-Wheeler. The areas of interest, Lake Elsinore and Canyon Lake, are located south-east of Los Angeles in Riverside County, California.

Lake Elsinore is the largest natural freshwater reservoir in southern California, fed by the San Jacinto river. The lake suffers from the severe draught in California during the past years, with massively changing water levels and the frequent occurance of harmflug cyanobacteria blooms in late fall. A multi-million dollar project was set up to stabilize the lake ecosystem. In 2007, an aeriation system was installed at the lake bottom to prevent fish kills.

Canyon Lake is an artificial reservoir just north-east of Lake Elsinore. Its shorelines are densely populated. The lake serves as driniking water reservoir for about 10% of the people living in the area around both lakes. It is also fed by the San Jacinto River.

EOMAP uses combined Sentinel-2 and Landsat 8 data in order to evaluate turbidity levels, chlorophyll concentrations and the occurence of harmful algae blooms at eight points in time during the year. The project has been extended two times by Amec Foster-Wheeler.

Project Type: Long-term water quality monitoring
Client: Amec Foster-Wheeler
Kick-off Date: July 2015, ongoing project
Keywords: Water Quality Monitoring