MEETING NOTES: Cawelo Water District still hoping for federal reimbursement for work on Poso Creek flooding damage

January 8, 2024
Sonia Lemus, freelance for SJV Water
by Sonia Lemus, freelance for SJV Water
CVP: Central Valley Project. CVC: Cross Valley Canal. KCWA SWP: Kern County Water Agency, State Water Project.
Sonia Lemus, freelance for SJV Water
Sonia Lemus, freelance for SJV Water

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Meeting: Cawelo Water District  board of directors

Date: Dec. 12, 2023



Major topic: Poso Creek 2023 Flood Emergency Repairs

Details: It was reported to the Cawelo Water District board of directors that all of the district’s project plans regarding Poso Creek have been submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Two of those plans were sent back with requests for some modifications and will be resubmitted with the changes soon. 

The district had submitted plans starting in August and was notified the project is in the final review stage. The district is hoping it will be approved soon so the district can begin receiving reimbursements for work it has already done. So far, it has spent $250,000 repairing damage caused by last spring’s flooding on Poso Creek.

Repairs had been slow as the district awaited federal funds, according to a previous SJV Water story.

Currently the district is working with Lyles Construction Group removing about three to four feet of sediment in the creek. This sediment is being put between Poso Creek and the district’s first levee to the south. 

The district was hoping to have these projects done by the end of 2023 and before winter weather hampered its ability to work in the creek bed. 

How to attend: Cawelo Water District meets at 9 a.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month at their district office located at 17207 Industrial Farm Road. You can also join online via Zoom using the Meeting ID: 813 8284 0698 and Passcode: 424688, or via this link.

Sonia Lemus, freelance for SJV Water

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