The Authority was established in July 2000 by State Assembly Bill 807 in order to “identify, evaluate, fund, and implement flood prevention and control strategies in the Pajaro River Watershed, on an intergovernmental basis.” The watershed covers areas of four counties and four water districts and the Board is comprised of one representative from each of the eight following agencies:

County of Monterey
County of San Benito
County of Santa Clara
County of Santa Cruz
Monterey County Water Resources Agency
San Benito County Water District
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Santa Cruz County Flood Control and Water Conservation District,
  Zone 7

The Authority acts as a governing body through which each member organization can participate and contribute to finding a method to provide flood protection in the watershed and promote general watershed interests. In addition to flood protection, some identified benefits could include:

• Municipal, agricultural, and industrial water supply
• Groundwater recharge
• Support of rare, threatened, or endangered species
• Migration and spawning of aquatic organisms
• Preservation of wildlife habitat
• Water quality

Pajaro River Flood Risk Reduction Project Draft Feasibility Report/Environmental Assessment 

The draft integrated General Reevaluation Report (Feasibility Report) and Environmental Assessment (GRR/EA) and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Study are now available for your review.  The 30-day public review period for the draft GRR/EA extends from October 31, 2017, to November 30, 2017.  Please send any questions and comments to:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District, Attn: Mr. Chris Eng, Environmental Manager, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1737B, San Francisco, California  94103-1398, or email:”

To view/download use the following link:

Pajaro River Flood Risk Reduction Project Draft Feasibility Report/Environmental Assessment

Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project - Draft Appendices to the Integrated GRR and EA


Update Draft FONSI and Executive Summary to the Draft General Reevaluation Report and Integrated EA

For information on how and when to submit comments, please use the following links:

Draft Pajaro Public Release Notification (PDF) English
Draft Pajaro Public Release Notification (PDF) Spanish


Pajaro and San Benito Rivers Sediment Study and Transport Model Update