This project constructed capacity improvements to the San Jose Creek Channel that increased the design storm from a 25 year to a 100 year storm event. The new channel is 50 feet wide with vertical walls and an articulated concrete revetment bottom. The revetment includes a fish passage component as well. The project required the reconstruction of the entire channel. Phase 2 is the replacement of the Hollister Avenue Bridge over San Jose Creek. The bridge project will begin after the channel portion is completed.
The project reduces flooding and related impacts within Old Town Goleta by increasing the capacity of the channel to accommodate a 100 year storm event. The project will eventually result in a redrawing of the FEMA flood plain maps to remove approximately 200 parcels from the flood plain (after phase two has been completed).
Funding for this project was a combination of Redevelopment Agency (RDA), Santa Barbara County Flood Control District, Goleta Valley Land Trust, California Fish and Game Fisheries Restoration Grant (FRGP), Proposition 84 and Habitat Conservation Grants.
The ribbon cutting occurred in May 2014.