About Us

The Lake County Water Resources Department is responsible for two branches: The Lake County Watershed Protection District; and Lakebed Management.

Lake County Watershed Protection District

The Lake County Watershed Protection District, was originally created as the Lake County Flood Control and Water Conservation District as a political subdivision of the State of California established under the Lake County Flood Control and Water Conservation Act, of the State Water Code in 1951. The District is administered by the Director of Water Resources who reports to the County Board of Supervisors, which acts as its Board of Directors.

The Watershed Protection District administers the National Flood Insurance Program for Lake County, manages the Municipal Stormwater Program, plans and implements flood control projects, aerial photography, groundwater management planning, watershed management planning and development of grant proposals. The District is responsible for maintaining 10.5 miles of levees and 13.4 miles of creeks in four zones of benefit and a groundwater detention structure on Kelsey Creek. The District also operates and maintains the Adobe Creek Reservoir, the Highland Creek Reservoir, and the Highland Springs Park and administers the Invasive Mussel Prevention Program.

Lakebed Management

Lakebed Management is responsible for maintaining the public trust lands below the highwater mark (7.79 Rumsey) in Clear Lake in accordance with Lake County Code, Chapter 23, the Shoreline Ordinance, and Chapter 639 in the State Statutes of 1973. The Lakebed Division processes permits and encroachment leases for all structures in the lake below 7.79' on the Rumsey gauge. Lakebed maintains navigation aides, swim markers and swim areas; performs water quality monitoring; and provides support to the Sheriff's Department (CREWS), Department of Fish and Game, Corps of Engineer, and State Lands Commission. Lake enhancement programs such as aquatic plant and algae management are also the responsibility of Lakebed Management.

In addition to working with other county departments, the Water Resources Department coordinates its various programs with Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Lake County Vector Control District, California Central Valley Flood Protection Board, California Department of Water Resources, State Lands Commission, State Water Resources Control Board, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Game, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. D. A. Forest Service, U. S. D. I. Bureau of Reclamation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management West Lake and East Lake Resource Conservation Districts, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Cities of Clearlake and Lakeport.