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GPID Sand Creek Emergency Channel Restoration

Project Type: Emergency Public Irrigation System Improvements/Stream Restoration

  • Location: Grants Pass, Oregon

  • Project Size: 835’ of 60” Irrigation Siphon/600’ Stream Restoration/1,100’ Canal Restoration

  • Completed: 2017

  • Challenges: Emergency repair project due to significant flooding in December 2016/January 2017; in-water work inside of fish bearing stream limited construction schedules; due to environmental restrictions/permitting a temporary project was required ahead of the permanent project to ensure irrigation water for 7,500 acres of Grants Pass; split funding through National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made for complex coordination/permitting/approvals through various State/Federal Agencies including Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon Emergency Management, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, Local Native American Tribes, FEMA Environmental Division, National Marine Fisheries, Army Corps. of Engineers, and Josephine County; separate Contractors for each project phase; coordination with multiple property owners to mitigate damages from the floods.

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