Foster City Lagoon Levels to be Raised for Summer 2016
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Foster City Lagoon Levels to be Raised for Summer
For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016
Contact: 'Andra Lorenz, Management Analyst, (650) 286-3215,

The Foster City Public Works Department has announced that the water level in the Foster City lagoon is being raised by approximately 6-8 inches from winter levels to summer levels this week. In the event of a forecast for a major rain event, the Lagoon will be lowered to accommodate the runoff.

The City’s Lagoon Management Plan sets standard lagoon water levels for winter and summer periods. The lagoon level is lowered in the winter in order to prepare to accept additional storm water associated with frequent winter storms. In the summer, levels are raised to accommodate recreational uses of the lagoon waterway. The water level will typically be maintained between 1 to 2 feet from the level of elevation 100, which is the design height of most lagoon bulkheads. The water level will generally be higher on weekends and holidays and lower during midweek. This is done to promote maximum water exchange in the lagoon. However, if a major storm is predicted, the lagoon level may be lowered in preparation for the storm at any time of year.

If you have any questions about the lagoon levels or Lagoon Management Plan, please contact Public Works Maintenance Superintendent Nicholas Leonoudakis at (650) 286-3551 or

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200