Beginning the week of August 16th, the Carpinteria Sanitary District will begin construction on permanent repairs to the concrete embankment and floodwall on the eastern perimeter of its wastewater treatment facility, located at 5351 Sixth Street. This critical infrastructure was damaged by the massive debris flow event in Carpinteria Creek on January 9, 2018, which followed the Thomas Fire.
Interim work to stabilize the embankment was completed in late 2018 and the District has been working continuously since that time to obtain required permits to perform the permanent repair. Approvals have been granted by the California Coastal Commission, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Measures are in place to minimize impacts to the creek environment, to protect sensitive species and to restore the habitat to pre-disaster conditions.
The construction work will include in-kind replacement of approximately 210 linear feet of foundation that was destroyed in 2018. A steel sheet pile wall will be installed using vibratory methods and a reinforced concrete block foundation will be constructed between the new wall and the toe of the embankment. Soil will cover the replaced structure to provide for subsequent installation of arroyo willow and other native plant species. The work is being funded, in large part, by disaster recovery grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).
During the 8-10 week construction period, access in the creek corridor between Sixth Street and the State Beach will be blocked off to ensure public safety. Area residents may experience some construction noise, within normal working hours, during a portion of the project.
Please contact the District with any project related questions or concerns at (805) 684-7214 or by email at email@example.com.