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    Santa Clara River Watershed Feasibility Study

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, and Ventura County Watershed Protection District
     

    “Experience has taught us that single projects with a limited focus may solve individual problems, but if we look at problems and solutions from a wider geographical view, we can better balance economic, environmental, and quality of life objectives.”

    —LTG Robert Flowers, Chief of Engineers, USACE, April 8, 2004


    In 2005, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–Los Angeles District and study partners—the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and the Ventura County Watershed Protection District—initiated the Santa Clara River Watershed Feasibility Study.  This collaborative effort in the watershed is intended to provide a holistic approach to evaluating water resources issues and opportunities leading to the development of a watershed management plan that effectively balances the need for sustainable economic development with the need for protection of the watershed’s natural resources.  Specifically, the study’s purpose is to:

    • Establish baseline conditions
    • Develop models to evaluate historic, current, and future conditions
    • Identify opportunities for improvement projects
    • Evaluate and prioritize possible projects in both counties
    To date, several efforts have been completed, including detailed topographic mapping and aerial photography, in addition to more focused studies on the watershed’s hydrology, hydraulics, and geomorphology.

     
    Additional information on the Feasibility Study may be found at the following websites:
        US Army Corps of Engineers
        County of Ventura Watershed Protection District

    Project Type: Planning & Analysis
    Funding: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles Department of Public Works, and Ventura County Watershed Protection District
    Conducted By: Stillwater Sciences (with RBF Consulting), AQUA TERRA Consultants, and CDM
    Contacts:

    • Darrell Buxton, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–L.A. District, darrell.w.buxton@usace.army.mil
    • Jim Hutchison, Watershed Studies Group, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–L.A. District, james.d.hutchison@usace.army.mil
    • Martin Araiza, Project Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, maraiza@ladpw.org
    • Sergio Vargas, Deputy Director, Ventura County Watershed Protection District, sergio.vargas@ventura.org

    Status: Active

    Publications:
    Geomorphic Assessment of the Santa Clara River Watershed, Synthesis of the Lower and Upper Watershed Studies, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, California, Final Report – April 2011 (PDF, 11.5 MB)

    Assessment of Geomorphic Processes for the Upper Santa Clara River Watershed, Los Angeles, County, Final Report – May 2011 (PDF, 14.2 MB)

    Santa Clara River HSPF Model Final Report – Nov 25, 2009 (PDF, 7.4 MB)

    Santa Clara River HSPF Final Report Appendices – July 24, 2009 (PDF, 8.9 MB)



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