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CONTACT: Julie Procopio, 760-839-4001
The City of Escondido has been working on a plan to prepare for El Nino conditions for more than five years and has made significant progress on its channel maintenance project ever since permits recently were issued. In 2010, the City began collecting data necessary to obtain permits from environmental agencies to allow cleaning of 63 of its highest priority concrete-lined and earthen channels. Permit applications were submitted to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Regional Water Quality Control Board and US Army Corps of Engineers by the summer 2013. After working diligently with resource agency staff, permits were finally received in late August 2015.
The work to clean the channels began in haste in September 2015. To date, 27 of the 63 channel segments have been cleaned. A risk-based assessment was used to prioritize the order of work to ensure that the channels with the highest risk of potential flooding were cleaned first. Crews have cleaned over 3.5-miles of channel and have removed 1,475-tons of vegetation, 18-tons of trash and 890-tons of silt so far. Work will continue until all segments have been cleaned, and the permit will allow Public Works to re-visit sites on an annual basis.
In addition to channels, the City of Escondido maintains a storm drain system that consists of approximately 5,200 curb inlets and outlets, and many miles of underground storm drain pipe. In preparation for the predicted winter storms all City storm drain inlets and outlets have been inspected, cleaned and maintained as needed.
More detailed information on what the City has done and what you can do to prepare for the predicted El Nino rains can be found on the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx. In addition, this website contains helpful information on what to do during and after a storm.