The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California granted Hemet an easement along State Street which will allow the city to construct the Cactus Valley Flood Control Channel.
MWD’s board vote Tuesday, May 12, approved the granting of the permanent easement for the fair market value of $56,000 along with processing costs of $8,500. Although the city is the lead agency for the Environmental Impact Report and initially certified that document in 2003 as part of the McSweeney Farms Specific Plan, MWD was required to certify that it reviewed and considered the information in that EIR when the water agency made its decision.
The Cactus Valley Wash watershed is primarily in unincorporated Riverside County southeast of the Hemet city limits. The total watershed drainage area is approx