The resource/regulatory agencies and the USACE agreed early in the planning process that acceptability of the lower Pajaro River project design was dependent upon good faith efforts to address upper Pajaro River watershed issues that could threaten the lower Pajaro River project.
These concerns include increased development and increased stormwater flows from impervious surfaces, loss of Soap Lake as a key upstream flood detention basin, excessive sediment coming through the lower Pajaro River system, and other long-term threats to the viability of a lower Pajaro River flood protection project of any design.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - San Francisco District
The USACE provides engineering and environmental services throughout
the nation. The Corps has plans to implement a flood protection project
on the lower Pajaro River.
Pajaro River Watershed FPA (Flood Protection Authority)
PRWFPA was established in 2000 by the State of California Assembly
Bill 807 to identify, evaluate, fund, and implement flood prevention and
control strategies in the Pajaro River watershed, on an
intergovernmental basis. Since the Pajaro River watershed covers an area
within four counties (Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and
Monterey) and four water districts (Santa Clara Valley Water District;
San Benito County Water District; Santa Cruz County Flood Control and
Water Conservation District, Zone 7; and Monterey County Water Resources
Agency), the PRWFPA is comprised of one representative from each of the
eight interested agencies.The PRWFPA is a governing body through which
each member organization can participate and contribute to finding a
method to provide flood protection in the watershed and promote general
watershed interests. A further goal is to identify and prioritize
strategies and projects that will provide multiple benefits, such as
water supply, groundwater recharge, or environmental restoration and
Watershed Institute – CSUMBThe Watershed Institute consists of a direct action community-based coalition of researchers, restoration ecologists, educators, planners, students, and volunteers. These participants all work to promote and employ a systems approach to the management of watersheds around the world. A scholarly and complete report on the watershed entitled "Pajaro River Watershed Flood Protection Plan" is a comprehensive examination and discussion of the flood protection issues the Pajaro Watershed faces. Created by a class at California State University, Monterey in 2003 was created under the direction of Dr Robert Curry, Research Director at The Watershed Insitute. In addition, Dr Robert Curry put together a slideshow presentation containing historical photos, maps, diagrams, and aerials of the Pajaro River Watershed.
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