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Mid-Higuera Bypass Project

This project was one of three projects proposed in the Waterway Management Plan. The “Mid-Higuera” section of San Luis Creek defines the approximate 3100 foot reach of the creek between Marsh Street and Madonna Road, in the City of San Luis Obispo. Over the past 40 years, there have been six significant flooding events between Marsh Street and Madonna Road. The last major flood event occurred on March 10-11, 1995. Historically, this reach has had some of the most frequent and significant flooding problems in the City. The proposed improvements for this stretch of the creek are: high flow bypass channels and benches constructed above the low flow channel in combination with vegetation management to increase conveyance. Initial environmental studies have been completed and preliminary engineering is well underway.

Click here for more information about the project.

Annual Vegetation Maintenance

The City of San Luis performs limited annual vegetation maintenance on San Luis Creek and its tributaries within the city limits. This maintenance is done under a California Department of Fish and Wildlife permit and typically between the months of August and October. Other related programs currently being undertaken are removal of Arundo and other exotic non-native invasive species such as cape ivy and castor bean.

Sediment Removal

The City also undertakes sediment removal projects on various sections of the creeks when necessary and in accordance with all regulatory agency required permits.

For more information on these efforts please contact the City of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department at 805-781-7200.

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