Devil's Gate Multi-Use Project and Urban Water Resource

by James A. Cathcart, Brown and Caldwell Consultants, Irvine, United States,
Thomas K. Underbrink, Brown and Caldwell Consultants, Irvine, United States,
William K. Ferry, Brown and Caldwell Consultants, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources


Not since Congress passed the 1902 Reclamation Act has there been an opportunity for a water resources project to make such an instrumental impact on the environment. Historically, damming waterways and the creation of water projects were used to spur development and cultivation of barren western lands. However, this project's goal is to create a major water resource project in the heart of one of the most urbanized areas in the country, Pasadena, California. Located in an area encompassing the Rose Bowl, the hope and commitment of Pasadena's government officials and community leaders is to regain some of the natural beauty once found in this world famous city. Studies are now underway to determine if this project will become a reality. The studies are investigating: 1) how much water can be stored in an underlying aquifer and how that water can best be used; 2) what recreational features public areas should have; 3) how the area can be restored to a more natural state; and 4) how to finance the project.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Water resources | Gates (hydraulic) | Urban areas | Water-based recreation | Water storage | Aquatic habitats | Construction management | California | United States

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