Stop Pouring Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water into Lake for Fishing

Target: Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of San Diego

Goal: Stop filling recreational fishing lake with potable water.

Tens of millions of gallons of potable drinking water are being pumped into a recreational fishing lake in San Diego, California every year. California is in the middle of a severe drought that shows no signs of letting up any time soon. Demand that this waste of clean water end at once.

San Diego’s Chollas Lake is a 16-acre body of water that is used for recreational fishing by children 15-years old and younger. Unfortunately, the lake lacks a natural source of water, so the city has adopted environmentally-dubious methods to sustain it over the years. Since 2008, San Diego has been replenishing the lake with around 53 million gallons of potable drinking water every single year, at an annual cost to taxpayers of $140,000.

San Diego, and California generally, are in the throes of one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Water is in short supply, with reservoirs at historic lows and snowpack lower than anyone can remember, and there is no telling when circumstances may change.

Using millions of gallons and thousands of dollars worth of good, clean drinking water to fill up a nonessential lake that doesn’t need such a high quality of water is an astounding waste of an increasingly-precious resource. Sign the petition below to demand that the city of San Diego stop wasting clean water to fill Chollas Lake.


Dear Mayor Faulconer,

I am writing you today regarding your city’s management of Chollas Lake. Frankly, it reflects a profound mismanagement of resources during a time of drought and water rationing.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, your city has been replenishing Chollas Lake with good, clean potable drinking water every year since 2008. Though authorities have declined to say how many gallons of water they put into the lake this year, in 2008 it was 53 million, and it’s hard to believe that number has gone down over the years.

Chollas Lake is recreational and only used for fishing—wasting millions of gallons of drinking water on it when there is no indication that the drought is going to abate significantly in the coming years is ignorant at best and recklessly dangerous at worst. Families and farmers are rationing their water use—the city of San Diego should do the same.

Getting through this drought is going to take sacrifices from everyone in California, including municipalities. I demand that you cease replenishing Chollas Lake with clean, potable drinking water at once.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. so screw everyone else…the almond and fracking industry get to use water, Nestle and Walmart get to steal it for profit and now we have some idiot using it for others to murder innocent fish…Jesus save us now!

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