4.14 Recreation

Goal 14 - Recreation

Promote the recreational use, where appropriate, of surface waters within MCWD by providing recreation opportunities for citizens by promoting the use and enjoyment of water resources with the intent of increasing the livability and quality of life within the watershed.

Discussion

Schutz Lake is the primary recreational water resource in this subwatershed, although wetlands provide aesthetic enjoyment, wildlife viewing, and other recreational values. The Carver Park Reserve abuts Schutz Lake and provides recreational opportunities, although no access is provided to the lake. District and other efforts to improve ecological integrity and conserve corridors will enhance those aesthetic and recreational values across the subwatershed. The District’s primary strategies in promoting and supporting recreational use of Schutz Lake is by improving water quality to support swimming and fishing, and managing aquatic vegetation.

Desired Outcomes: Manage surfaces waters to achieve water quality goals so designated use is maintained and unimpaired.

Metrics:

Goal 14.1 - Schutz Lake

Support Schutz Lake recreational use by meeting the State's aquatic recreation standard of 40 μg/L summer mean total phosphorus through the implementation of the programs and projects identified in this plan to reduce phosphorus loads and improve Schutz Lake water quality.

Goal 14.2 - Schutz Lake

Support the Schutz Lake fishery through the implementation of the programs and projects identified in this plan to maintain ecological integrity and promote shoreline restoration.