The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local Project Sponsors are facilitating this collaborative planning process to develop a community wide consensus for a Locally Preferred Plan for modification, operation and maintenance, and local share funding of the Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project.
Funding for the public engagement and outreach for the Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project comes from a grant from the State of California.
The process relies on local stakeholders and organizations with specific technical knowledge and expertise regarding the design of the flood control project, as well as all resource and regulatory agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Fish and Game, California Coastal Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
While regulatory agency involvement does not replace specific regulatory authority, it does ensure early and informal participation is this collaborative project planning process, leaving fewer issues to resolve through the formal environmental review process.