Spruce Street Channel: Lessons for Coordinating Wetland Permitting, Design, Grants, and Property Lines

Date / Time:
Tuesday, Sep 15 3:05pm to 3:35pm
Track / Session:
Track: Stormwater Infrastructure and Natural Waterways / Session 3

The Spruce St. Channel Project improves a drainage channel in the City of Escondido with a long history of urban flooding. The project includes grading and habitat improvements to 1500 linear feet of earthen channel, flood walls, and maintenance access improvements in a complex project area highly constrained by active railway, utility easements, and commercial properties. The project coordinator will share lessons learned about grant funding, property owner negotiations, wetland permitting with State and Federal Agencies, and project design. The multi-million dollar project funding includes the following sources: San Diego County Vector Control Program Grant, Proposition 1 Disadvantaged Community Planning Grant, Active Transportation Connections Grant, and the City of Escondido Utilities Capital Improvement Project fund. The City negotiated with property owners including North County Transit District for project agreements including construction considerations and long-term maintenance responsibilities. Lessons learned from project design will be shared, including project review by Public Works maintenance staff and coordinating multiple design disciplines. Due to the earthen channel portion of the project, wetland permits were required by Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and CA Department of Fish and Wildlife. Long term maintenance of the channel will be included in the City’s Regional General Permit (RGP 94) for Channel Maintenance. The main project construction is due to be completed in 2020, with post-completion habitat monitoring and maintenance for at least two years.

Primary Speaker:
Elisa Marrone, City of Escondido
Elisa Marrone, AICP, came to the storm water and water world 11 years ago from city planning, following an earlier career as a convention planner. She earned her bachelors in Economics from the Washington University in St. Louis and her masters in science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.
Supporting Speaker 1:
Alicia Appel, City of Escondido
Alicia Appel is the Environmental Programs Manager for the City of Escondido, overseeing storm water compliance and wastewater pretreatment programs in the Utilities Department. Her team works with colleagues in Public Works, Engineering, Water and Wastewater Utilities, GIS, and Communications to advance a water quality program protective of numerous creeks and streams in the city of 152,000 residents. Alicia earned her Master of Environmental Science and Management from UCSB Bren School, and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science (Biology) from University of San Diego and previously worked at San Diego Coastkeeper and the Port of San Diego.