MODESTO — After two years of below average rainfall in Modesto, it may come at some surprise that an $869,000 effort is under way to plan for reducing the flood risk in Stanislaus County.
In February, the state Department of Water Resources committed funding for the planning effort to Reclamation District 2092, which has teamed with Stanislaus County to develop a floor management plan for the area. The first of 10 workshops is set for July 18 at the county Agricultural Center for identifying regional conditions and flood hazards.
The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the Ag Center at 3800 Cornucopia Way.
Participants can talk about subjects such as Dry Creek, which runs through Modesto, or the history of flooding caused by Orestimba Creek near Newman in western Stanislaus County.
The Central Valley Flood Protection Act, signed into law in 2008, initiated an ambitious effort to reduce the flood risk in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins. A flood management plan was completed a year ago. A major update due in 2017 will incorporate flood management plans from levee maintenance districts, cities and counties, emergency responders, permitting agencies, agriculture and environmental interests.
Stanislaus was included it in what's called the Mid San Joaquin area, one of six flood planning areas. The flood-risk solutions with the highest priorities will be described in the Mid San Joaquin flood management plan, which could also assist the development of flood control projects combined with environmental restoration.
The final document will have a list of proposed improvements, with the estimated costs and benefits, and potential funding from federal, state and local sources.
in western Stanislaus County, which has a history of flooding a bad habit of flooding property in Newman during a heavy storm.
The Central Valley Flood Protection Act, which was signed into law in 2008,