San Diego County Water Authority's Emergency Storage Project: A Major Planning Achievement

by Ken Steele,
Lee Judd,
Richard Pyle,
Uli Kappus,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


The San Diego County Water Authority (Authority) has been actively working to maximize the security of the future water needs of the community it serves. The Emergency Storage Project was under taken to ensure sufficient water is available in San Diego County in case of a long term interruption of imported water supplies. This paper presents a case history of the successful planning and permitting efforts required to ensure the success of this major engineering project. This complicated and controversial project has required that a number of disciplines work together to successfully navigate the environmental challenges posed by such a large scale project. The alternatives analysis, public involvement, engineering design, environmental impact assessment, economic impacts, financing and political viewpoints have all had to come together for the project to be successful.

Subject Headings: Water storage | Emergency management | Environmental issues | Case studies | Construction management | Security | Engineering history | Navigation (geomatic) | California | United States

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