Lake Nacimiento Water Project

John Hollenbeck, Project Manager for the Nacimiento Water Project (NWP) and fellow Rotarian (Atascadero Club) spoke to our Club on Friday.

Intake shaft at Nacimiento Lake

Intake shaft at Nacimiento Lake


John is engaging and excited about his project and ‘army’ of local & national professional engineers and construction services working on the water project.

Beginning at the north east corner of Lake Nacimiento, just north of the Nacimiento Dam spillway is a 180-foot intake shaft and wetwell.  Its purpose is to pump & deliver water from Lake Nacimiento to the project’s participating communities via a 45 mile pipeline.

The pipeline will travel through and under some fantastic countryside starting at the lake to Camp Roberts under & across the Salinas River in Paso Robles along side vineyards (as shown in the photo below) to Templeton under El Pomar Road down the old El Camino Real into Atascadero and Rocky Canyon Road and along side Highway 101 across to the Cuesta Tunnel reaching it’s final destination on Stenner Creek Road in San Luis Obispo.

Paso Robles, Templeton, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and Cayucos will all benefit from this supplemental water supply.  The project is scheduled to be completed in late summer 2010 and will include three tanks, three pump stations, and a multi-port intake at the lake.

The NWP first began in 2001 with environmental studies through 2004 the next phase was accepting bids for the work and setting the budget for this $176 million dollar project.  In October of 2007 the construction phase began.  To learn more and preview some great construction photos go to:

Rocky Rabbit Vineyard in Paso Robles

Rocky Rabbit Vineyard in Paso Robles

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