Pajaro River @ Watsonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAJARO RIVER

PRE-CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING & DESIGN (PED)

The Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project (Pajaro) is currently in the PED phase. The team is working on developing engineering plans and specification (P&S) for the first reach of the project (Reach 6). The current schedule has designs being complete in Spring 2024 with the Construction Phase of the project beginning in late Summer 2024.

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION

Pajaro provides flood risk management (FRM) along the Pajaro River and Tributaries in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. The project area is about 100 miles south of San Francisco, California and includes the economically disadvantaged City of Watsonville, the severely disadvantaged Town of Pajaro, and surrounding high-value agricultural land. The City of Watsonville and vicinity has experienced continued flooding from the Pajaro River and from its tributaries (Corralitos and Salsipuedes Creeks) and has suffered loss of life from catastrophic flooding events. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a project in June 1949 which included improvements of about 11.8 miles of levee construction on Pajaro River and 2.4 miles on Corralitos/Salsipuedes Creek. The Director's Report completed in December 2019 recommends a plan with a fully funded projected implementation cost of approximately $434M. The project would provide significantly improved flood risk management for urban/residential areas and high value agricultural lands that support a $1 billion/year agriculture industry. 

TOTAL FUNDING

 

TOTAL COST

 $   393,667,0001

FEDERAL COST

 $   246,321,000

NON-FEDERAL COST

 $   147,346,000

 

 

TOTAL FEDERAL EXPENDITURES THROUGH FY 2022

 $     13,269,279

1Total project cost as described in Director’s Report and based on 2019 price levels

FY 21 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Signed Design Agreement
  • Revised Hydraulics & Hydrology analysis
  • Assembled Project Delivery Team (PDT)

FY 22 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Completed preliminary geotechnical explorations
  • Awarded a contract to conduct design surveys along Reach 5 & Reach 6
  • Awarded a design contract to complete Plans & Specifications for Reach 6
  • Drafted an updated Biological Assessment describing potential environmental effects of Pajaro project on species and habitats

OTHER INFORMATION

  • The Non-Federal Sponsors (NFS) are Monterey County Water Resources Agency and Santa Cruz County Flood Control and Water Conservation District – Zone 7
  • To date, the NFS has contributed $1.75 Million in cash and in-kind credit to support design work in the PED phase

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 20th District, Rep. Jimmy Panetta

POINT OF CONTACT

  • Deputy for Project Management, (415) 503-6593

Updated on 07 September 2022

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