Skip to Main Content
Contact Us

Project: Proposition 1 Round 1 Pajaro River IRWM Grant

Description: Pajaro River Watershed: Central Coast FA

Reference Number: 3860-P01-354

Implemented By: City of Watsonville

Objective: The proposal is a watershed based approach to reduce flooding, restore native habitat and improve water quality and supply within the region. The projects included in this proposal were chosen to move forward for grant submission based on their ability to provide multiple benefits for the region including improving the quality, quantity and reliability of water supplies while ensuring environmental stewardship of valuable water resources. The City of Watsonville and Gilroy worked closely to develop comprehensive projects that address the objectives outlined in the Pajaro River Watershed IRWM. The City of Watsonville is implementing a project that will reduce flooding, restore habitat, increase conveyance capacity and address water quality concerns for the Pajaro River. The City of Gilroy is implementing a project that increases water supply through demand management. The project also addresses climate change concerns and works to achieve greater self-reliance for the region's water supplies. In addition, these projects were the product of coordination with other regional stakeholders. The City of Watsonville collaborated with multiple agencies including the Santa Cruz IRWM as the Upper Struve Slough project shares a regional boundary between the two regions. This proposal utilized interagency collaboration between: the City of Watsonville, City of Gilroy, County of Santa Cruz, Pajaro Storm Drain Maintenance District, Watsonville Wetlands Watch (local non-profit) and Valley Water. PRWSSP Grant Administration, Upper Struve Slough Watershed Enhancement and Public Access Project and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Installation Project

Type: Restoration, Water Management

Total Cost: $765,000.00

Project Status: Project Implementation

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 4/1/2024    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Santa Cruz

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Prop. 1, Integrated Regional Water Management7/30/2020$765,000.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Agricultural Lands8acres restored/assessed/managed
Water ManagementWater Use Efficiency - Conservation  

Water Action Plan Target

Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Increase Regional Self-Reliance and Integrated Water Management Across All Levels of GovernmentAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Increase Flood ProtectionAction Description


loading loading