Tuolumne River Regional Park – Carpenter Road/West Modesto Flood Management and Park Development

Project Lead: Tuolumne River Regional Park Joint Powers Authority

Potential Project Partners:
City of Modesto, City of Ceres, Stanislaus County, Tuolumne River Trust

Short Project Description:
Help reduce flood damages in West Modesto neighborhoods while developing the adjacent Tuolumne River Regional Park.

Long Project Description:
The January 1997 flood caused major damage to many areas throughout the Central Valley. In Stanislaus County, one area that was heavily impacted is West Modesto adjacent to the Carpenter Road area of the Tuolumne River Regional Park and has been identified in the 2008 FEMA 100-year Flood Zone. Through this project, a small flood management levee is proposed to be constructed along the northern edge of the Tuolumne River Regional Park, south of the residences, which would protect the neighborhood while the undeveloped parkland is developed. Additionally, habitat restoration and park development activities would be undertaken in order to bring the undeveloped open space area back to a more riparian and natural riverine habitat while creating nature-based land forms to channel flood waters onto and through the Carpenter Road Area of the Tuolumne River Regional Park limiting flooding into the adjacent neighborhoods.

Unique Project Characteristics:
Installing a flood management levee would contribute to protecting human life and property during periods of high water flows in the Tuolumne River. This project marries flood management, habitat restoration, and park development and could be completed with other flood reduction, park development and habitat restoration projects on the Tuolumne River.

Project Status Planning. The Tuolumne River Regional Park Master Plan, adopted in 2001, includes the overview for development of the Carpenter Road Area. Funding is required to implement the construction of the levee and to develop the Specific Plan for the Carpenter
Project Cost $750,000
Project Timeframe Approximately 2 years
Cost-sharing No opportunities identified to date
Multi-benefit Project Yes
Types of benefits The project would improve flood risk management, promote ecosystem functions, and improve recreation, making it a multi-benefit project.
Source of Project City of Modesto on behalf of the Tuolumne River Regional Park JPA


Background Information:
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