[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | County Plans New Study of SCV River Flooding | 11-29-2012
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Showers
Showers
59°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
November 1
1963 - Community of Canyon Country founded; first Frontier Days celebration [story]


Truck stuck in the mud on Sierra Highway when the Mint Canyon Creek overflowed (part of the Santa Clara River Watershed) during the El Nino weather event of February 1998. Photo by Gary Thornhill/SCVHistory.com.

Sure it looks dry most of the time, but it’s a desert stream, after all, and sometimes it flash-floods – taking cars, houses and people away with it.

Just in time for the rainy season, County Public Works Director Gail Farber is asking the Board of Supervisors to approve additional funding Tuesday for a study aimed at solving the decades- and even centuries-old problem of flooding in the Santa Clara River Valley.

A new “sediment transport” study would come at a cost of $1.5 million. It’s one piece of a bigger pie that dates to 2004 when the county agreed to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ventura County Watershed Protection District to study the entire 1,600-square-mile Santa Clara River watershed from Acton to the Pacific Ocean.

The watershed is roughly evenly divided between Los Angeles and Ventura counties – 772 square miles in L.A. County and 831 square miles in Ventura County. L.A. County’s focus is on the area from Sand and Mint canyons (Sierra Highway area) easterly to Agua Dulce and Acton.

In 2004, the agencies agreed to split the initial $8.2 million price tag: $4.3 million from the Army Corps, $2.2 million from Ventura County and $1.7 million in in-kind services from the L.A. County Flood Control District.

Structures in the Acton area are lost as the banks of the Santa Clara River crumble, probably in the flood of March 1938 or February 1941. Photo: SCVHistory.com

L.A. County has performed $1.7 million worth of work in the form of hydrology, surveys, mapping, sediment sampling and project management, plus another $369,000 for a geomorphology study that was completed last year.

Farber’s funding request for a “complex and highly specialized” sediment transport study would boost the county’s contribution to $3.569 million.

The goal of all of these studies, according to the 2004 board report, is to “identify flood protection and sedimentation problems and opportunities within the watershed. … The results will be mapped and integrated into a GIS database for analysis.”

Once the studies are done, perhaps they could lead to the actual work of shoring up the river so homes won’t wash away as they’ve done for decades across the SCV during El Nino weather events.

 

February 1998: A motorist is stranded as Placerita Creek overflows. Photo by Gary Thornhill/SCVHistory.com.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Related Content
    L.A. COUNTY HEADLINES
    Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
    Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the tenth time this year with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby boy.
    Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
    Scoring a total of 140 points out of a possible 145 points, L.A. County's Housing Authority received an overall performance rating of High Performer, HUD's top designation.
    Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
    A Palmdale pimp was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to human trafficking and a number of related crimes, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
    Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014
    The City of Santa Clarita, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will provide FREE flu vaccinations on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Val Verde Park, and on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Newhall Community Center.
    Friday, Oct 10, 2014
    The 14th annual Bow Wows & Meows event will be held Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at William S. Hart Park in Newhall.
    Friend Activity

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1963 - Community of Canyon Country founded; first Frontier Days celebration [story]
    Liberia had begun to turn around its high infant mortality rate and had also begun to improve maternity care, but of course with so few doctors in a country grappling with Ebola, there are concerns that maternity care will suffer with 45 doctors available for a country with a population of 4.5 million and Ebola spreading rapidly.
    Medical Superheroes | Commentary by Jennifer Fischer
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak: Golden Oak students dressed in their Halloween costumes and collected sweet treats as they traveled “Down the Rabbit Hole" to a colorful tea party at the school's annual Fall Festival.
    SCV NewsBreak for Friday, October 31, 2014
    Charter schools provide a choice for parents to educate their children. Charters are not to be mistaken for pricey private schools, but they certainly provide what public schools are not and possibly, with all of the bureaucracies, bureaucrats and red tape, cannot.
    Schools: Public vs. Charter
    Doreetha Daniels has never been presented with a challenge quite like the one she’s taking on in the year 2014 — passing a college statistics class.
    98 is the New 21 for COC Student
    The Hart football team takes on Saugus in a Foothill League game tonight at College of the Canyons.
    SCV Sports Wrapup for Oct. 31
    Jonathan Kraut, who currently works as a state-trained PI for Net Check Investigations, performs a variety of investigative tasks to uncover the truth about his cases.
    No ‘Typical’ Day for SCV Private Investigator
    The City of Santa Clarita encourages residents to apply for the opportunity to participate in local government as the City of Santa Clarita representative of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (District) Board of Trustees. The upcoming vacancy will become available when the current term of office expires on January 5, 2015.
    City Seeks Local Rep for Vector Control Board, Applications Due Nov. 21
    Special Enforcement Officers conducted their yearly Operation Safe Halloween and found a Santa Clarita sex offender living with children.
    Deputies Arrest SCV Sex Offender Living in Home With Kids
    A lawsuit over alleged California Voting Rights Act violations prompted a Los Angeles County judge to initiate contempt proceedings against four Palmdale city officials, including a candidate for the 36th Assembly District.
    Voting Rights Lawsuit Leads to Contempt Proceedings for Palmdale
    Special Enforcement Officers (SEO) set out in the pre-dawn hours of Halloween looking to see if 66 of the Department’s highest risk child predators are in compliance with their court orders.
    Registered Sex Offender Arrested in Santa Clarita During “Operation Safe Halloween”
    Santa Clarita Valley business owners and Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, met in Valencia on Friday to discuss how to handle small business lawsuit abuse.
    SCV Business Owners Attend Lawsuit Abuse Summit
    A Canyon Country man accused in his father’s murder was held to answer to the charges.
    Canyon Country Man to Stand Trial for Father’s Murder
    Golden Valley is still looking for its first league win in over eight years. Will it happen Friday night against the West Ranch Wildcats?
    Friday Night Football on SCVTV and KHTS
    The Master’s College women’s soccer team finished off its regular-season schedule with a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Christian Hawks at El Cajon.
    Lady Mustangs Take Down Hawks
    Coupled with wins from Westmont and Vanguard, the loss (5-4-1 GSAC, 9-8-1 overall) dropped the Mustangs (16 points) out of sole possession of third place into a fourth-place tie with Vanguard.
    Heartbreaking Regular Season Finale for TMC
    While the lowly butterfly cannot bite, cannot hit or punch and cannot kick, it is capable of protecting itself from its usual predators.
    Not So Defenseless | Commentary by Paul A. Levine
    1923 - Newhall Chamber of Commerce petitions state to pave Spruce Street (now Main); it happens three years later [story]
    SCV NewsBreak: Deputies arrested two men on felony charges Wednesday for allegedly causing several thousand dollars in damages at a local golf club.
    SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, October 30, 2014
    COBRA detectives believe Isiah Garcia has been using the graffiti monikers of “RANE” and “KASE” for over five years
    SCV Detectives Arrest Suspect in 5-Year Graffiti Investigation
    Perhaps the event’s most exciting exhibition will be its first ever water bottle rocket launching contest, to be held courtesy of the Astronomy and Physics Club (APC), Engineering Club, and the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program.
    Nov 7: COC to Host Star Party
    Jurors found Eric Edwards and Diamonte McGee guilty Thursday in the 2011 Halloween murder in Canyon Country.
    Guilty Verdict in Halloween 2011 Murder Case
    The Valencia girls swept Golden Valley in three games. The Vikings are game behind Hart in the Foothill League standings at 7-1. They are 19-5 overall.
    SCV Sports Wrapup for Oct. 30