The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, held a public meeting with officials from the USDA Forest Service, the State of Nevada and other local agencies at the Mount Charleston Volunteer Fire Department Engine Station #81 on Sept. 12 to discuss the upcoming berm and diversion channel the District will be constructing.
The temporary structure, approximately 2,200 feet long, will be built on Forest Service land.
Col. John Lim, the acting Los Angeles District commander, and members of the District staff – along with federal, state and local agency representatives – spoke with residents about the upcoming Advance Measures project. Lim said construction is scheduled to begin Oct. 2 and should take approximately 30 to 45 days, depending on weather conditions in the area.
“What we do in the Corps of Engineers is deliver vital engineering solutions, while collaborating with our partners to reduce risk from disaster,” Lim said. “With our federal, state and local partners, we are confident this berm and diversion channel will help alleviate the flood damage from future storms for several years to come.”
During the public meeting, the District team discussed the plan for the construction and the temporary nature of the project. The State of Nevada will provide maintenance for the berm and diversion channel structure once the District completes construction.
The expected life of the structure is between seven and 10 years. The purpose is to give native vegetation time to regrow to provide natural mitigation for rain events.
Press Release, September 14, 2014