The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors heard good news from the Flood Control and Water Conservation District, which announced the awarding of a $537,000 grant for planning funds to help with the District’s Lower Walnut Creek Restoration project. The money, granted by the California Department of Fish and Game, will fund half of the next phase of project development.
Project Manager Paul Detjens, District Senior Engineer from the Flood Control District, notes that the grant will support much of the behind the scenes work that is critical to getting the more visible elements of the project shovel-ready. He estimates this phase to take about two years, resulting in a project expected to be highly competitive for future grant funding for construction.
“The Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project represents a new, sustainable way of thinking and is very different than a traditional flood control project,” added Detjens. “It’s an opportunity to restore wetlands that have suffered large historic losses, and restore connections between the Walnut Creek channel and its floodplain.”