City, Flood Control District to apply for grant to construct sedimentation basins
Grant funding plans to construct sediment basins to reduce flood hazards
–At the May 17 Paso Robles City Council meeting, the council supported a resolution to have the city team up with the SLO County Flood Control District to apply for grant funding to construct sedimentation basins in and around the western portion of Paso Robles to help reduce flood hazards during severe rain storms.
Assistant City Manager Meg Williamson said the construction of these basins will provide multiple benefits to the city by reducing mud and debris in the city’s storm drain system, reducing the potential for flooding, reducing the potential for public and private property damage, and also to help and allow for groundwater recharge. “This cooperative approach with the Flood Control District will provide an opportunity to fund the design and construction of the sediment basins with grant money, and the city would undertake long term maintenance of the basins,” she said.
Managing sediment loading generated from watersheds bordering the city on the west is key to protecting the city’s residents and businesses. The success of the project will rely on a cooperative approach, where the county will design and fund the project and the city will provide operations and maintenance to ensure long-term effectiveness. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors are expected to provide their direction on grant application participation at their meeting of June 21, 2016.