County approves San Jacinto River funding agreement

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An amended funding agreement between the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and the City of San Jacinto for the San Jacinto River project has been approved by the district.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors members are also the board members of the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and May 19 the county supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the funding agreement. The amended agreement replaces the agreement approved by the flood control district in February 2010.

The San Jacinto River project will provide flood hazard mitigation for the San Jacinto River floodplain between the existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers levee and approximately 6,000 feet downstream of Sanderson Avenue. The city and the flood control district had sought U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assistance for the design and funding but were unsuccessful in that endeavor. The city will be responsible for the design and planning of the San Jacinto River project and the county will reimburse the city for a share.

The flood control district’s total contribution is limited to $12,000,000. The city has a consultant services agreement with Albert A. Webb Associates to prepare the necessary studies, plans, specifications, and cost estimates and to secure all regulatory permits. The district will fund half of the engineering costs and all of the environmental costs, and the current total estimate for that is $869,219.

The city is responsible for reaching agreements with affected property owners to acquire the land needed to construct the project. Adequate funding as well as the right of way acquisition are prerequisites to the actual project.

Separate cost sharing agreements between the city and the flood control district will be executed for other drainage projects within the city.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.