For Immediate ReleaseNovember 14, 2017
State funds transferred to Flood District pending environmental review approval
San Rafael, CA – The Ross Valley has experienced numerous floods over the years, with swollen creeks causing significant damage to residential areas and businesses. The San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project, designed by the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District in partnership with the Town of San Anselmo, is designed to improve public safety and protect property. The project is undergoing an environmental review (EIR) and the draft report is expected to be released for public review in February 2018.
Pending approval of the environmental impact report, the potential project would be funded by the $8.7 million grant and a local match of $8.7 million from Flood Zone 9’s stormwater fee paid by Ross Valley property owners, which was initiated in 2007.
The project is a component of the Ross Valley Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Program, which looks at broader flood mitigation measures for Corte Madera Creek and its tributaries within the 28 square-mile watershed. An EIR for the entire program is underway in parallel with the San Anselmo Project EIR. A services agreement for Environmental Science Associates to prepare the project EIR was approved March 7 by the Flood Control District Board of Directors, which is comprised of the five members of Marin County Board of Supervisors. The environmental analysis and impact report is expected to cost $400,968.
District staff sought input from the community, the Zone 9 Advisory Board and the San Anselmo Town Council for project recommendations for the project environmental review. The preferred project to be analyzed includes two complimentary parts. First is the construction of a basin to temporarily divert and store floodwater at the former Sunnyside Nursery site at 3000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, about a mile north of downtown Fairfax. The basin would then be coupled with the acquisition and removal of a building at 634 San Anselmo Avenue that obstructs the creek’s natural flow. These options will restore the floodplain features to San Anselmo Creek.
Learn more about the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project on the Ross Valley Watershed program website.
Liz LewisWatershed & Sea Level Rise Division ManagerPublic Works
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 304San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7226Email: Liz LewisPublic Works website