Pajaro River

PAJARO RIVER

INVESTIGATIONS

* Final General Reevaluation Report and Integrated Environmental Assessment (GRR/EA) Main Report - February 2019 (PDF)
 

Appendix A: Plan Formulation Appendix B: Civil Design ATR
Appendix C: Real Estate Plan  Appendix D: Hydraulics
Appendix E: Environmental Appendix F: Place Holder
Appendix G: Cost Engineering Appendix H: Public Comments
Appendix I: Cultural Resources Appendix: Economics
Appendix K: OSE Appendix L: Climate Assessment


PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION

The Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study is evaluating alternatives to address flooding along the Pajaro River and tributaries in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, CA. Flooding has resulted in substantial damages in the Town of Pajaro and the City of Watsonville and surrounding agricultural areas. Economic damages from the 1995 flood are estimated at between $50 and $95 million. The original project was completed in 1949 and no longer provides the designed level of protection. Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties recently had to mobilize emergency flood fighting efforts during a minimal rainfall event in 2017/2018 to ensure the integrity of the levees, ultimately culminating in PL 84-99 repairs that were completed in late 2018. The current recommended plan would provide 1% ACE level of protection for the City of Watsonville and the Town of Pajaro (including adjacent agricultural areas) and 4% ACE level of protection for the Orchard Park and Interlaken neighborhoods (including adjacent agricultural areas). The Study is scheduled to be completed in March 2019.

TOTAL FUNDING1

 

TOTAL COST

 $   17,697,154

FEDERAL COST

 $   11,044,094

NON-FEDERAL COST

 $   6,653,060

 

TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2020

 $   6,319,094

FY 2021 BUDGET

COST TO COMPLETE

 $   2,100,000

 $   2,515,000         

1 Capability request for funds to begin PED
2
 Federal Cost to complete PED

 

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • The Counties of Santa Cruz and Monterey are the Non-Federal Sponsors. (NFS).
  • The project is authorized for construction by the FCA 1966 § 203, P.L. 89-789.
  • The study culminated in a Director’s Report in March 2019
  • Funded in FY20 and FY21 for Preconstruction, Engineering and Design Work to prepare for Construction.
  • USACE is prepared to sign a Project Partnership Agreement for its construction phase as early as the end of FY22, pending appropriations for Construction.

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 20th District, Rep. Jimmy Panetta

POINT OF CONTACT

  • Deputy for Project Management, Edwin S. Townsley, (415) 503-6593.

Updated on 06 April 2021

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Contact

General Questions
415-503-6702
1455 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103