San Diego County to Pursue Partnerships to Increase Recreational Access to Reservoirs

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to direct the Department of Parks and Recreation to work with outside agencies to keep regional lakes and reservoirs indefinitely open for recreational activities.

November 23, 2021, 7:00 AM PST

By clementkhlau @clemusc

Poway, California

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In many communities across the U.S., lakes and reservoirs are popular destinations for outdoor recreation. For example, many enjoy walking around these water bodies for exercise.  Also, activities such as fishing, boating, and bird watching are allowed and popular at some lakes and reservoirs.  To ensure that lakes and reservoirs remain open to the public, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has directed the county's Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to collaborate with partners such as the City of San Diego, the San Diego County Water Authority, and Sweetwater Authority. 

Supervisor Joel Anderson, who made the proposal, said keeping such resources open “is vital to the health and wellness of those who live in the Back Country.”  The Sierra Club’s conservation committee was supportive, with its chairman George Courser saying, "Our county’s reservoirs provide equity access to fishing, boating, hiking, bird watching and other enjoyable and healthy outdoor recreation activities.”

DPR operates a park system that features 152 facilities across 56,000 acres of land, including parks, camping parks, sports parks, community centers, open space preserves, and historic sites. Some 380 miles of trails take visitors through multiple climates and habitats, from the coast to the desert and the valleys to the mountains.   

For more information, please read the source article by Elizabeth Ireland.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in Times of San Diego

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