The Los Angeles County Flood Control District has been awarded a $28 million State grant to enhance flood protection and stormwater capture at three of its Pasadena-area facilities.
The grant from the California Department of Water Resources will be used to help fund an $80 million plan to increase flood protection for communities downstream of Devil’s Gate Dam and Eaton Wash Dam and expand the Flood Control District’s groundwater recharge efforts. The suite of projects includes restoring reservoir capacity behind Devil’s Gate Dam, constructing a five-mile pipeline to deliver stormwater from Devil’s Gate Dam to the Eaton Wash Spreading Grounds, increasing the capacity of the Eaton Wash Spreading Grounds, and making seismic upgrades to Eaton Wash Dam.
Gail Farber, Director of LA County Public Works and Chief Engineer of the Flood Control District, said the grant reflected the importance of developing and maintaining a regional integrated approach to water resource management.
“LA County Public Works and other water resource managers throughout the county are collaborating to identify, support, and implement projects that go beyond single-purpose objectives,” Farber said. “I’m pleased the State Department of Water Resources has recognized Los Angeles County for its integrated regional water management approach to reduce flood risk to communities and provide sustainable water supplies and healthy watersheds.”
In addition to reducing the flood risk to local communities, the project includes a new pipeline allowing LA County Public Works to divert stormwater from Devil’s Gate Damfor replenishment of local drinking water for the cities of Pasadena, Arcadia, Alhambra, Sierra Madre, and a dozen other public agencies.
The Flood Control District is one of 10 agencies that will share $92 million from the State’s Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management Grant Program, also known as the Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006.