The San Luis Rey Watershed

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Lennie Zwibel Watershed Planning San Luis Rey Watershed The San Luis Rey River Watershed in southern California encompasses 562 square miles of land and is the third largest watershed in the San Diego region. San Luis Rey river is a small tidal wetland where fresh river water meets the coastal salt water. The San Luis Rey River Watershed is located in northern San Diego Country and is bordered to the north by the Santa Margarita River Water and to the south by the Carlsbad and San Dieguito River Watersheds. Major water bodies in the watershed is Lake Henshaw and the San Luis Rey River. There are many benefits of the San Luis Rey Watershed which are categorized by whether it benefits, inland surface water,coastal waters,reservoirs and lakes or groundwater. None of the benefits include all four categories but the watershed does provide Fresh Water Replenishment and Municipal supply of drinking water. San Luis Rey Watershed starts from the head watershed in the Palomar and the Hot Spring Mountains in the Cleveland National Forest. THe river also collects water from various seasonal tributaries. At the higher elevations, 45 inches of rainfall is collected, which above the coastal average of 12 inches per a year. The San Luis Rey watershed is classified as a Core 1 watershed for Steelhead trout recovery. The water flows to the Pacific Ocean in Oceanside. North of the City of San Diego. Lake Henshaw was created by the Henshaw Dam in 1922. From Lake Henshaw, the main stem runs

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