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Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency Overview

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The Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency is a joint powers authority with control shared between Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, the city of Watsonville, the Santa Cruz County Flood Control and Water Conservation Zone No. 7, and the Monterey County Water Resources Agency. Formed in 2021, the agency will plan, finance and implement projects and programs to reduce flood risk from the lower Pajaro River and its tributaries in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

The Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project—a $400 million effort to reduce flood risk from the lower Pajaro River and Corralitos and Salsipuedes Creeks—will provide 100-year flood protection to the city of Watsonville and the town of Pajaro, and a mix of 100-year and 25-year flood protection to the surrounding agricultural areas.

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01/31/2024
Mark Strudley, executive director of the Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency, estimates that work will begin in late summer or early fall, starting at the Corralitos Creek Bridge.

The Pajaronian logo From The Pajaronian...

11/21/2023
Image for display with article titled Officials Sign Agreement to Rebuild Pajaro River Levee

The legally binding agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Pajaro Regional Flood Risk Management Agency describes the $599 million project and the responsibilities of both parties.

The Pajaronian logo From The Pajaronian...

10/19/2023
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Work is underway to bore a tunnel under Highway 1 in Watsonville, which is part of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency’s College Lake Water Supply pipeline project.

Monterey County Weekly logo From Monterey County Weekly...

06/21/2023
Image for display with article titled Agency Formed to Address Pajaro Valley Flooding Already Splintering

Two years after its formation, the Pajaro Regional Flood Management Agency is already at risk of breaking up.

Monterey County Weekly logo From Monterey County Weekly...

06/19/2023
Image for display with article titled Monterey County Awarded $8 million in Joint Project to Create a Tiny Home Village for Unhoused Pajaro River Residents

The temporary housing plan for the river’s residents of both counties is a 34-unit tiny home micro-village in Watsonville, with a goal of transferring people to permanent housing.


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