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Residents get flood control update

Posted: Friday, Sep 6th, 2013

Watsonville Mayor Lowell Hurst (from left), Representative Sam Farr and Frank Bettencourt, director of the San Benito County Water District, listen to discussions regarding the Pajaro River watershed Friday at Watsonville Civic Plaza. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Congressman Sam Farr, D-Carmel, said Friday he plans to meet with city and federal officials to determine whether recent improvements on the Pajaro River Levee qualify residents for reductions in their flood insurance premiums.

In addition, residents who live along Salsipuedes Creek are breathing a little easier after Watsonville officials said that plans to remove debris from the river — thus easing water flow and helping to prevent flooding — are moving forward and expected to start within two years.

The information came during a legislative conference of the Pajaro River Watershed Flood Prevention Authority in the Watsonville Civic Plaza, a multi-jurisdictional agency tasked with stopping flooding along the river, and dealing with issues such as water supply, groundwater recharge, preservation of wildlife habitat and water quality.

For the complete article see the 09-07-2013 issue.

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