Army Corps of Engineers devote $700,000 to Pajaro River flood controlFebruary 5, 2015. U.S. Rep. Sam Farr announced Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers will spend $700,000 for flood control planning on the Pajaro River.
February 5, 2015. U.S. Rep. Sam Farr announced Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers will spend $700,000 for flood control planning on the Pajaro River.
Source: KSBW of the Central Coast
U.S. Rep. Sam Farr announced Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers will spend $700,000 for flood control planning on the Pajaro River.
The funds will be used toward the completion of the feasibility study necessary to apply for federal construction funds to update the levees along the flood-prone Pajaro River.
"Another major flood would devastate communities along the river's banks," Farr said. "An inadequate levee system has left the Pajaro River with the lowest levels of flood protections in all of California. These funds bring us closer to modernizing the Pajaro River flood control plan to provide security for our local communities and businesses."
Over the past few decades, the Pajaro River has severely flooded a number of times. In 1995, flooding caused one death and over $95 million dollars of total economic loss, including $67 million in damage to agricultural fields and $28 million in non-agricultural damage. Floods in 1997 and 1998 caused additional damage and displaced hundreds of residents.
The Army Corps of Engineers estimates there is an 82 percent chance of recurring floods within the next 10 years.
Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend said he was happy that the federal government joined local agencies in a financial commitment to making the project happen.
"The City of Watsonville and Town of Pajaro, as well as some of the most productive agricultural land in the world, deserve a level of flood protection that the Corps of Engineers originally envisioned for this project back in 1949," said Friend, who is also Chair of the Santa Cruz County Zone 7 Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
"Farr has worked tirelessly to secure federal funding to bring this important project to the construction stage and protect some of the most vulnerable residents of our region," Friend said.
Since 1993, over $10 million in Corps funding has been appropriated for the project, but the feasibility study has not been completed. In recent years, non-federal sponsors have provided over $2 million in local funds toward to keep the project moving forward.
The study is expected to be completed by 2016, allowing the project to apply for construction funds in 2017.
Several old boats, tires, and even poison containers were found at the bottom of the Pajaro River during a cleanup on Wednesday.
See KSBW article at: http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/santa-cruz/army-corps-of-engineers-to-spend-700000-on-pajaro-river-flood-control/31102712