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Petaluma gets $850,000 grant for floodways

Published: Friday, September 17, 2010 at 8:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 17, 2010 at 8:50 a.m.

Petaluma has received an $850,000 California River Parkways grant to help buy land and expand flood terraces in the Denman Reach of the Petaluma River.

The city sought a total grant of $2.1 million in November 2008, but said the smaller amount will help make progress in the city's efforts to reduce localized flooding along the river and increase storm-water carrying capacity near Industrial Avenue between Stony Point and Corona roads.

Petaluma's long-term plan for the river includes terraced channels to increase storm water capacity, pedestrian and bike trails and public access to the river as it winds its way through north Petaluma.

In 2005, the city bought four parcels downstream of the Denman Reach area and built flood terraces, trail staging areas, benches and educational kiosks.

The ultimate goals include improving the river's water quality through stream restoration, reducing flood potential and increasing public access, City Manager John Brown said.

— Lori A. Carter

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