El Rio Wash Drainage Improvements Project Open House

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Pima County Regional Flood Control District invite you to attend a public open house for the El Rio Wash Drainage Improvements Project.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
El Rio Neighborhood Center 1390 W. Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745

This project is to address historic drainage issues resulting in flooding from the El Rio Wash as it leaves the El Rio Golf Course, through the downstream neighborhood and associated streets, and ultimately to the Silvercroft Wash at Riverview Boulevard. This 90-day project will create detention basins to control outflow and provide flood peak reduction making downstream channels more effective.
For more information about the public open house, please contact Michael Graham, Public Information Officer, at 520-837-6686 or Michael.Graham@tucsonaz.gov or Pima County Project Manager John Spiker at john.spiker@pima.gov .

 

El Rio Wash Drainage Improvements Project – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is this project being considered?

The project is in response to drainage complaints from residents of this area. The City of Tucson requested the Pima County Flood Control District assist them in addressing historic drainage issues that resulted in flooding from the El Rio Wash as it leaves El Rio Golf Course, through the downstream neighborhoods and associated streets, and ultimately to the Silvercroft Wash at Riverview Boulevard. The present plan allows for immediate benefit to residents downstream of El Rio Golf Course and responsiveness to their drainage complaints. Other benefits are the 90-day construction completion time and the seasonal timing that minimizes impacts to golfers at El Rio Golf Course. 

  1. How will the project impact drainage in the larger watershed?

The project will create detention of stormwater within the El Rio Golf Course to control outflow and reduce flooding to downstream neighborhoods and development of a channel maintenance activity plan. These detention basins will provide flood peak reduction which will make the downstream channels more effective. 

  1. Will the project impact the golf experience at El Rio Golf Course?

The project team, in coordination with the El Rio Golf Course, selected the timeframe for project construction that would be the least impactful to play on the Golf Course. During construction, the back nine holes will be available for summer play. The detention basins have been designed to minimize the impact on fairways. A similar strategy was implemented on Del Urich golf course and has proven to not negatively impact play or popularity of the course.

  1. Does the City plan to close El Rio Golf Course?

No. The Mayor and Council evaluate Tucson City Golf every year. At the most recent Mayor and Council discussion of Tucson City Golf there was no direction to close El Rio Golf Course or any other courses. 

  1. How can I provide comments or input regarding the project?

You can provide comments before and after the public meeting electronically by emailing the project manager, John Spiker at john.spiker@pima.gov through June 19, 2019. You can also provide comments in person at the open house on June 12, 2019.

  1. What have the City and County been doing since the last public meeting on May 15?

The City has engaged Ken Kavanaugh of the City Greens Committee to review plans and the County has incorporated his comments into the project documents to further reduce impacts to the El Rio Golf Course and expedite construction. Presentation to the City Greens Committee is scheduled for Thursday, June 20.

The City has engaged the City Landscape Advisory Committee to review the plans and walk the site to assess existing plant communities. Presentation to the City Landscape Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 19.

The City has initiated work along the alleyway immediately east of the El Rio Golf Course to aid in flow conveyance away from residences and back toward the El Rio Wash.  The County has engaged in assessment of downstream properties lying within the El Rio Wash Floodway for the purpose of acquiring a drainage easement to allow for permanent conveyance and maintenance of the El Rio Wash.