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SAN XAVIER DISTRICT CEMETERY WASH FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment

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PROJECT INFORMATION

The San Xavier District (SXD) is currently working on a watershed planning project for the Cemetery Wash Watershed located in Pima County, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other partners.

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PURPOSE AND NEED

For many years flooding has occurred in residential areas within the SXD along portions of Cemetery Wash, endangering homes, threatening public safety, and severely limiting access to the residential areas during flood events. During heavy rainfalls, approximately 250 residents within the community are cut off and isolated from emergency services. Temporary measures to address the problems have failed, and the SXD has elected to initiate a planning study to develop and
evaluate potential solutions under the NRCS Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations program.

PROJECT STATUS  

 

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Public Scoping Meeting PowerPoint Presentation

 

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PROJECT BACKGROUND

For many years flooding has occurred in residential areas within the SXD along portions of Cemetery Wash, endangering homes, threatening public safety, and severely limiting access to the residential areas during flood
events. During heavy rainfalls, approximately 250 residents within the community are cut off and isolated from emergency services. Temporary measures to address the problems have failed, and the SXD has elected to
initiate a planning study to develop and evaluate potential solutions under the NRCS Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations program.

 

The purpose of the project is to reduce damage from floodwater and erosion through the design and implementation of flood damage reduction measures.


This watershed planning project is needed to address public health and safety issues within the watershed. The goals of this project include selection of a preferred alternative that addresses the identified flooding areas listed below:

  1. Flooding and access related issues during large storm events where Cemetery Wash crosses San Xavier Road

  2. Sedimentation issues at the farm channels at San Xavier Cooperative Farm  storm events where Cemetery Wash crosses Mission Road

  3. Flooding and access related issues during large

  4. Sedimentation at the channel crossings at Little Nogales Road

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What is a Watershed Plan?

A Watershed Plan is combined planning document that documents the planning process and NEPA compliance. The National Watershed Program requires the development of a physically, environmentally, socially, and economically sound watershed plan with actions scheduled for implementation over a specified period of years.

 

A Watershed Plan is composed of the following:

  • Phase I—Collection and Analysis—Includes identification of problems, opportunities, and concerns; determination of primary objectives; inventory of resources, and analysis of resource data

  • Phase II—Decision Support—Includes formulation and evaluation of alternatives, comparison and selection of preferred alternative, and preparation of the Watershed Plan/Environmental Assessment document.

  • Phase III—Application and Evaluation—Includes implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Watershed Plan/Environmental Assessment

PROJECT DOCUMENTS

 

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Public Comment Form

Fact Sheet

Cemetery Wash Flood Control Project

 
SAN XAVIER DISTRICT

San Xavier District

Natural Resources Department,
2018 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson, AZ 85746

 

Email: CemWashProj@waknet.org

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