Small-scale flood mitigation proceeds as officials plan long-term projects
Coconino County officials have approved $11.5 million for small-scale flood mitigation near Flagstaff. It follows a summer of devastating flooding caused by major wildfires on the San Francisco Peaks.
The project involves a series of berms designed to bolster some existing flood mitigation work and reduce impacts to Doney Park, which was among the most heavily affected areas last summer. Construction is set to begin immediately.
At a meeting this week, county supervisors, flood officials and others also discussed the larger plan for long-term mitigation across nine watersheds burned by the 26,500-acre Pipeline Fire. It includes on-forest alluvial fan restoration and sediment reduction designed to ease impacts to the west side of Flagstaff. Officials say those projects along with other initiatives will require tens of millions of dollars in federal funding.
County officials also discussed a forest restoration partnership with the Coconino National Forest and City of Flagstaff set for the upper Rio de Flag watershed on the west side of the San Francisco Peaks. They say it’s a crucial step to lessening the threat of further catastrophic wildfire in dry forests stricken by extreme drought.