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Levee flood project halfway done

Todd Guild, Register-Pajaronian

Levee flood project halfway done
Posted: Wednesday, Sep 19th, 2012

Watsonville Mayor Eduardo Montesino (right) addresses a group of officials and community members Wednesday at a celebration of the completion of the first phase of the Pajaro River Benchlands Excavation Project on the river levee. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

Nearly 17 years after rising waters from the Pajaro River crested the levee and flooded Pajaro, a group of county, state and city officials gathered on the rivers levee Wednesday to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the project to widen the river and prevent future flooding.

The work on phase 1 of the Pajaro River Bench Excavation Project began on July 1 and was completed well before the projected date of Oct. 31.

Workers removed 140,000 cubic yards of sediment and debris from a 2.5-mile stretch of the river from Highway 1 to the area of the Main Street/Porter Street bridge, which required an estimated 14,000 trips with dump trucks.

Phase 2 of the project is slated to begin in June 2013 and end the following October. It will work its way up five miles from Salsipuedes Creek to Murphy's Crossing and remove an estimated 190,000 cubic yards of sediment and debris.

For the complete article see the 09-20-2012 issue.

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