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By Kim Harris
Managing Editor 

Canyon Lake dam spill helps Lake Elsinore regain lost ground, improves quality of lake water


Last updated 1/24/2019 at 9:28pm

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Water spills over the Canyon Lake Dam after recent rains drenched the region. Built in 1928, the dam creates the Canyon Lake reservoir by storm runoff through the San Jacinto River and Salt Creek. The terminus for the San Jacinto River is the natural Lake Elsinore. Water spilling over the dam flows into Lake Elsinore.

Water is flowing over the Canyon Lake Dam for the first time in two years, something could potentially be good news for Lake Elsinore, the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California.

According to Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District's Community Affairs Supervisor Bonnie Woodrome, the spill from the dam began Tuesday thanks to an abundance of rainfall that dumped nearly 4 inches of rain in Lake Elsinore and the surrounding communities.

"We started to see some trickling over the dam and now we have more significant water coming over the dam," she said.

Woodrome said Canyon La...

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