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  • Flood Control Archived News

    Dec 09, 2021 - District workers and contractors were in the Alamo Wash to remove cracked and damaged concrete and prepare for the installation of new reinforcements. "Regular maintenance and repair work like this in Alamo Wash represents a big part of what the District does,” Flood Control District Director Suzanne Shields said. “By addressing storm damage quickly we avoid larger, costlier repairs and can better protect private property from flooding.”  
    Dec 09, 2021 - In 2016, the Regional Flood Control District began restoring a 15-acre dirt site in the Rillito River Park near North Columbus Boulevard. A recent walk through the reseeded area, replete with waist-high grasses and other native plants, testify to the success of the restoration.  
    Oct 08, 2021 - After numerous flood events coursed through area waterways, Pima County Regional Flood Control and County staff decided to inspect some areas that saw the heaviest flows. They assessed the conditions of the Cañada del Oro Wash and the Rillito and Santa Cruz rivers; any damage that may have occurred to flood systems; and revisited possible long-term management strategies. 
    Jul 01, 2021 - Longterm drought has left us vulnerable to potential flooding this monsoon.  
    May 28, 2021 - Floodplain GIS Data Available to the Public 
    May 27, 2021 - Department News Article Summary Goes Here 
    Apr 14, 2021 - Brawley Wash Watershed Plan 
    Santa Cruz 
    Apr 14, 2021 - Additional effluent made possible through agreement between Tucson and Pima County 
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    Feb 04, 2021 - Notice of Proposed Grant Easement No. E-0234 
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    Feb 04, 2021 - Notice of Proposed Grant Easement No. E-0235 
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    Jan 27, 2021 - Notice of Proposed Grant Easement No. E-0231 
    El Rio Preserve 
    Oct 22, 2020 - Project a partnership between Flood Control, Town of Marana. 
    Picture Rocks community center 
    Oct 01, 2020 - Centers have been closed since March due to pandemic. 
    Sep 28, 2020 - Trails partially managed by Pima County had been closed due to Bighorn Fire. 
    Sep 25, 2020 - District Recognized as 2020 Weather Ready Nation 
    Water safety 
    Aug 25, 2020 - Event supports Drowning Impact Awareness Month.  
    Aug 12, 2020 - Notice of Proposed Draft Ordinance Revision - In Lieu Fee 
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    Jun 01, 2020 - Red Butte LOMR and TSDN now Effective 
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    Apr 23, 2020 - Santa Cruz River Dredging and Heritage Waters 
    Apr 07, 2020 - Completed habitat projects will serve as mitigation for development projects  
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    Mar 17, 2020 - Flood Control District Covid-19 response for permits 
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    Feb 25, 2020 - Floodplain Management Plan Open House 
    Flood maps 
    Feb 21, 2020 - Property owners in affected area will no longer need to purchase flood insurance 
    Feb 18, 2020 - El Vado Wash Letter of Map Revision 
    Feb 13, 2020 - Relocating reptiles, including rare iguanas, part of effort. 
    Dec 11, 2019 - Canoa Hills Trails Park Benefits from Partnerships 
    Oct 15, 2019 - Alamo Wash Floodplain Revision 
    Living River 
    Oct 10, 2019 - Report highlights the increase in aquatic invertebrate diversity 
    El Corazon 
    Oct 10, 2019 - Regional Flood Control District project includes installation of new pedestrian bridges over Rillito Creek and CDO Wash 
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    Oct 09, 2019 - Department News Article Summary Goes Here 
    File: Los Morteros Conservation Area 
    Aug 09, 2019 - Flood Control, Sustainability and Conservation team with Marana on effort. 
    File: flood control construction 
    Jun 14, 2019 - Flood Control planners want feedback to help establish near and long-term goals to improve public safety. 
    Photo credit: Southwest Monarch Study 
    Apr 19, 2019 - Flood Control, NRPR create milkweed "way stations" ahead of the butterflies' return this fall. 
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    Apr 05, 2019 - Alamo Wash Open House 
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    Apr 01, 2019 - PC-HYDRO Version 7.1 now available for use 
    File: CDO Wash at Interstate 10 
    Mar 05, 2019 - Plans call for soil cement bank protection, Railroad and I-10 underpass and new access to the Chuck Huckelberry Loop at Thornydale Road 
    File: File: Pantano Wash Bank Protection and River Park Project 
    Feb 14, 2019 - Pantano Wash Bank Protection and River Park Project recognized as a "Project of the Year" by the Southern Arizona Branch of the American Public Works Association recognized  
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    Feb 01, 2019 - Notice of Proposed Grant Easement No. E-0144 
    File: Santa Cruz bird survey 
    Jan 11, 2019 - Wildlife biologists scour the Santa Cruz River channel looking for birds' nests ahead of sediment removal project. 
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    Jan 09, 2019 - District Lands and Facilities Regulations Approved 
    File: Soil Cement construction 
    Dec 14, 2018 - The project will build a soil cement barrier on the western edge of the Orange Grove sand and gravel quarry and make transitions easier between the Santa Cruz, Rillito and CDO river parks 
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    Dec 04, 2018 - The Regional Flood Control District proposes the final text of a new chapter of the Pima County Code outlining procedures to authorize impacts to District lands and facilities. 
    File: Santa Cruz River channel near Cushing Street 
    Nov 27, 2018 - The Pima County Regional Flood Control District on Jan. 8 will begin removing approximately 150,000 cubic yards of sediment from the bed of the Santa Cruz River channel between Silverlake Road and Cushing Street.  
    Gila topminnow 
    Oct 09, 2018 - Celebrations planned to highlight the success of wastewater improvements, return of native fish to the Santa Cruz River 
    File: student surveyors 
    Oct 03, 2018 - Deal allows UA student interns and faculty to participate in real-world engineering projects, floodplain research and other projects. 
    File: flood control construction 
    Oct 03, 2018 - The plan will improve the County’s standing under the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. 
    Ramón Valadez shoots PSAs 
    Aug 16, 2018 - The public service announcements seek to inform property owners and renters about the benefits of flood insurance and to remind drivers about the risks of flash flooding. 
    July 10 Monsoon storm seen from Downtown Tucson 
    Aug 09, 2018 - July 10 downpour did little damage, thanks to careful planning. 
    File: Julian Wash Bridge installation 
    Jun 29, 2018 - Project in Paseo de las Iglesias will connect east bank section, owl habitat to shared-use path. ADOT underpass still to come. 
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    Jun 15, 2018 - The Pima County Regional Flood Control District has drafted a new chapter of the Pima County Code, Flood Control District Lands and Facilities Regulations. The chapter outlines procedures to authorize impacts to District lands and facilities, including restoration lands, drainageways, basins and bank protection.  
    File: sediment removal project 
    Apr 20, 2018 - Project will remove about 90,000 cubic yards of sediment. 
    File: sediment removal 
    Apr 13, 2018 - Project seeks to prepare confluence of Alamo Wash and Rillito Creek ahead of the Monsoon. 
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    Mar 29, 2018 - Proposed Facility Impact Permit 
    The Loop 
    Mar 13, 2018 - The loop portion of 131-mile The Loop multi-use path has been completed. A celebration will be held at two locations along The Loop on March 17, 2018. 
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    Feb 09, 2018 - Draft FLO-2D Parameterization Technical Guidance 
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    Dec 20, 2017 - Alamo Wash Floodplain Study Update 
    Snippet of Upper Santa Cruz River RiskMAP 
    Dec 20, 2017 - Flood Control Starts RiskMAP Study for Upper Santa Cruz River 
    Gila topminnow 
    Dec 14, 2017 - For the first time in 70 years, native Gila topminnow have been detected in the river's Tucson stretch of river read more 
    Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Urban Farm 
    Nov 22, 2017 - Department Homepage News Article Summary Goes Here 
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    Oct 08, 2017 - Pima County Regional Flood Control District is hosting a Management Study Update Open House regarding the Existing Conditions Report on October 23, 2107, 5:30-7 p.m., Dodge Middle School, 5831 E. Pima Street. 
    File: Rillito Wash with water 
    Oct 03, 2017 - The Pima County Board of Supervisors has approved a new vision for one of Metro Tucson’s more flood-prone areas and began the process to remove over $40 million worth of property from federal insurance requirements. 
    File: Santa Cruz River 
    Sep 29, 2017 - The Pima County Regional Flood Control District and the Sonoran Institute will host a series of workshops seeking public input on management priorities for the Lower Santa Cruz River as it flows through Metro Tucson. 
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    Sep 21, 2017 - Flowing Wells Wash Letter of Map Revision Under Review by FEMA 
    Santa Cruz River 
    Sep 11, 2017 - New report finds improved water quality in the river now supports more diverse aquatic wildlife, sustains an increase in aquifer recharge and enhances a valuable community amenity. 
    File: Santa Cruz River 
    Aug 02, 2017 - The Pima County Regional Flood Control District seeks public input on a management plan for the stretch of the Santa Cruz River between Grant Road and Trico Road.  
    Western burrowing owl 
    May 26, 2017 - Pima County Flood Control District will release eight burrowing owls in Paseo de las Iglesias River Park May 27. 
    May 10, 2017 - The path located on the east bank between Grant and El Camino del Cerro will close. 
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    Mar 06, 2017 - The Pima County Regional Flood Control District, in conjunction with the City of Tucson submitted revised floodplain and floodway mapping to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Those revisions have been approved under and will become effective on June 2, 2017.  
    File: Pantano Wash project 
    Mar 03, 2017 - Old car bodies, tires and household trash among items found in Pantano. 
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    Feb 22, 2017 - The Pima County Regional Flood Control District, in conjunction with the City of Tucson and community partners, is conducting a study of the Alamo Wash Watershed in order to assess flooding problems. The study will include evaluation of the Alamo Wash, Arcadia Wash, Van Buren Wash and Sahuara Wash. An Open House for the study is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Sky Islands School, 6000 E. 14th St. 
    Santa Cruz bank protection project seeks to prevent flood risk in Marana 
    Feb 16, 2017 - Bank protection project seeks to prevent flood risk in Santa Cruz River 
    Santa Cruz River undercutting soil cement embankment near Continental Ranch  
    Feb 15, 2017 - County Flood Control is performing repairs to the soil cement embankment along the east side of the Santa Cruz River in Marana. 
    Burrowing Owl 
    Jan 27, 2017 - The Flood Control District recently completed a project that required the removal of a population of Burrowing Owls for their protection. Prior to the start of construction multiple Burrowing Owls were identified on site and with the help of Wild at Heart, they were relocated to keep them safe during construction. Now, in coordination with Wild at Heart, Tucson Electric Power and Tucson Audubon Society, the District is happy to announce that 16 new burrows will be created for the owls so they can be released back onsite. 
    Pima County Santa Cruz River Fish Survey 
    Nov 16, 2016 - Initial findings from a Nov. 9 survey of conditions along the Lower Santa Cruz River indicate the number and types of fish have increased and expanded along the waterway’s course. 
    File: Santa Cruz River 
    Nov 02, 2016 - Pima County conducting a “Fish Survey” along the Lower Santa Cruz River.  
    1983 flood damage 
    Oct 28, 2016 - An article recounting the flood of October 1983. 
    Oct 26, 2016 - Hydrologic Soils Groups Maps Updated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service 
    Oct 26, 2016 - FLO-2D Pro Approved for Use in National Flood Insurance Program Applications in Pima County 
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    Oct 05, 2016 - Airport Wash Letter of Map Revision under Review by FEMA 
    Sep 09, 2016 - Flood Control project adds two more miles of paved paths along The Loop. 
    Paseo de las Iglesias 
    Aug 12, 2016 - Flood Control District wins two APWA Project of the Year awards 
    Living River Report 
    Jul 12, 2016 - Pima County, Sonoran Institute Publish Third "Living River" Report tracking changes to the Lower Santa Cruz RIver. 
    ALERT rainfall and streamflow monitoring map 
    Jul 01, 2016 - The Pima County Regional Flood Control District has upgraded its ALERT system software and has launched a new publically accessible web page for displaying real- or near real-time hydro-meteorological data for Southeastern Arizona. Precipitation, stream flow and other weather related information produced by District ALERT stations, as well as data generated by other agencies monitoring equipment is now just a few clicks away. 
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    Jun 17, 2016 - Pima County Flood Control District is restoring the capacity of the Rillito River by removing and relocating built-up sediment from the channel. Restoration efforts will follow the completion of the project. 
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    Jun 10, 2016 - A Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) has been approved by FEMA to re-map the floodplains for Tucson Arroyo, Arroyo Chico and the High School Wash, from Fremont Avenue west to the Santa Cruz River. This map revision will become effective June 13, 2016. 
    May 31, 2016 - Flood Control Removing Rillito Sediment 
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    May 24, 2016 - In an effort to provide more comprehensive flood hazard information to Realtors and the public, the District has expanded the information covered on the form from only providing FEMA floodplain information. The form now includes local floodplains, erosion hazards, platted floodplains and erosion hazards, and regulated riparian habitat. 
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    May 17, 2016 - New FEMA Elevation Certificate form 
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    Apr 25, 2016 - The District is pleased to announce that we are in the final notification stage for the FEMA Letter of Map Revision for the Santa Cruz River resulting from the Paseo de las Iglesias Project. 
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    Apr 15, 2016 - The District would like to make surveyors and engineers aware of the upcoming elevation certificate workshop presented by ADWR and the District. This workshop will be held May 17, 2016 at 8:30AM in the Main Library Basement Meeting Room. Please go to the registration page to register for this free event.  
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    Jul 07, 2015 - PC-HYDRO 6 is a new web interface that executes the Pima County Hydrology Procedure equations and is now available. Rather than a stand-alone program installed on your local machine PC-HYDRO 6.0 is run through the internet. 
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    Jul 06, 2015 - Pima County is making final preparations to transition to a new permitting software system called Accela Automation. It is expected to improve the permitting process for the public and County staff. 
    Jun 08, 2015 - New “Living River” report affirms changes in our local river. 
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    May 01, 2015 - The Regional Flood Control District is pleased to announce the dedication ceremony for the latest section of The Loop shared-use path is Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The section of The Loop was constructed as part of the Paseo de las Iglesias project.  
    Apr 17, 2015 - Project will significantly reduce flooding 
    Apr 06, 2015 - Ribbon cutting April 16 for High School Wash Storm Drain 
    Flood control 
    Dec 04, 2014 - Pima County is among the top communities in the national insurance program. 
    Ruthrauff Basin Management Plan 
    Nov 21, 2014 - The plan will identify flood problems and solutions south of the Rillito and east of I-10. 
    Lower Santa Cruz River 
    Oct 07, 2014 - Report sets baseline before major upgrades to Pima County wastewater infrastructure. 
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    Sep 26, 2014 - Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) Case # 13-09-3317P that re-mapped the Arroyo Chico the floodplains based on the Park Avenue and Cherry Field Flood Control Basins has been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is now effective.  
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    Sep 19, 2014 - Closure of District Satellite Office in Public Works Building 
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    Sep 17, 2014 - District Prepares for Tropical Storm Odile 
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    Aug 28, 2014 - Three new policies and procedures have been approved and are effective 8/27/2014. 
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    Aug 19, 2014 - The District announces the approval of Technical Policy 007... 
    The Loop 
    Aug 19, 2014 - Work includes rain-eroded areas and is expected to conclude Aug. 26. 
    The Loop 
    Aug 06, 2014 - Significant disruptions or closures will be posted on The Loop website and Facebook page. 
    Pima County Flood Control News 
    Jul 01, 2014 - The Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (commonly referred to as the Biggert-Waters Act) was passed in Congress in July of 2012.  
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    Oct 10, 2013 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently approved the use FLO-2D Version 2009.6 for hydrology in Pima County for “watersheds with flows characterized as dispersed surface runoff instead of concentrated channel flow.”