US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

Pajaro River

PAJARO RIVER

INVESTIGATIONS

* Draft Integrated General Reevaluation Report and Environmental Assessment (GRR/EA) Main Report (PDF)

* Draft Integrated GRR/EA Appendices (PDF)

* Errata Sheet - Nov. 4, 2017 (PDF)

* UPDATED Draft FONSI and Executive Summary to the Draft GRR/EA - Nov. 4, 2017 (PDF)

 

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 FUNDING

 

TOTAL COST

 $   17,697,154

FEDERAL COST

 $   11,044,094

NON-FEDERAL COST

 $   6,653,060

 

 

TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2019

 $   6,319,094

FY 2020 BUDGET1

 $   2,100,000           

1 Capability request for funds to begin PED

 $  2,515,000

 

FY 19 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Final Report Submittal
  • Complete Director’s Report

FY 20 ACCOMPLISHMENTS (based on the availability of funds)

  • Execute Design Agreement
  • Commence design for first construction contract

ISSUES 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 is scheduled for completion in March 2019.

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 20th District, Rep. Jimmy Panetta

POINT OF CONTACT

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

Updated on 31 January 2019

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Contact

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